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Simmons MidSouth

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Simmons & Associates MidSouth, LLC
PO Box 16041
Huntsville, AL 35802
P: 256-650-8387
F: 256-885-0172

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Dr. Wilson W. McManus II, DVM CVPM
Real Estate Broker Licensed in Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee

Dr. Wilson McManus is pleased to represent Simmons & Associates MidSouth, serving veterinary professionals in Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. Dr. McManus offers a unique blend of veterinary practice ownership and business knowledge, along with a passion for veterinary medicine. As the previous owner of Valley Animal Hospital & Pet Resort, an AAHA accredited hospital, and active ownership interest in other hospitals, he understands first-hand the business and medical aspects of veterinary medicine.

The son of a practicing veterinarian, Dr. McManus earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal and Dairy Sciences from Auburn University and a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Auburn University in 1988. He is licensed to practice veterinary medicine in Alabama, Florida and Georgia. He earned his certification as a Certified Veterinary Practice Manager (CVPM) from the Veterinary Hospital Managers Association. Dr. McManus is a charter and current member of Veterinary Management Groups V in association with Veterinary Study Groups Inc. Through this ongoing association he has extensively studied the metrics and business principles that go into creating a top performing hospital. Dr. McManus also studied over a two-year period to become a graduate of the E-Myth Mastery Entrepreneurial Business Development Program.

Outside of veterinary medicine, Dr. McManus is a licensed real-estate broker in Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee, and has many years of experience in commercial real-estate investment and management. For eight years, with a local church, he started and operated an annual veterinary medical clinic in Honduras working with both large and small animals in remote villages. He lives in Huntsville, AL with his wife, three children and many pets.

Laura L. McManus
Real Estate Broker Licensed in Alabama

Laura is pleased to be working with Simmons & Associates MidSouth to diligently insure your satisfaction in all aspects of your venture, whether it is a business valuation or buying or selling your veterinary practice.

Laura holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Business from Birmingham-Southern College and a Master’s of Science in Management from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. She is also a licensed real estate broker.

Laura’s expertise lies in business valuation, real estate assessment, as well as demographic and marketing analysis. She began her career in international trade. While working on her master’s degree, she became involved in the telecommunications industry primarily in competitive and market analysis. After receiving her master’s degree she worked in several high-tech start-ups on the west coast. She moved back to Huntsville in 2002, and began working in veterinary business development.

Laura is very active in her community and has participated on the board of several local non-profit groups including Therapy Partners and Jones Valley Elementary PTA, as well as volunteering with several community non-profits. She lives in Huntsville with her husband, Wilson, their three children and many pets.

Kris Smith
Certified Veterinary Practice Manager

Kris is pleased to be working with Simmons & Associates MidSouth. As a Practice Manager with over 15 years’ experience, she understands the day to day operational & financial challenges of veterinary hospital management & ownership.

Kris holds a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and Business Administration from Seattle Pacific University. She is also a Certified Veterinary Practice Manager through the Veterinary Hospital Managers Association. Kris’s expertise lies in financial & operational management of veterinary hospitals. She began her career in accounting as an Assistant Hotel Controller with several national hotel companies in the Pacific Northwest. She relocated with her family to Huntsville in 1995 when her husband was transferred and began working in veterinary hospital management and practice development.

Kris is very active in her community & church and has served on the board of Farley Elementary PTA as well as women’s and children’s ministries with her church. She lives in Huntsville with her husband, Ken, her son and their pets.

Simmons Northwest

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12554 Tanglewood Road
Audubon, MN 56511
P (208) 664-3100
F (866) 694-6945

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Nikki NitzNikki Nitz, CPA, CMA

Inspiring and empowering, Nikki Nitz brings over 25 years of business consulting experience to her clients and all those she is in contact with. Her life purpose is to positively impact the world by empowering others and herself to generate inspired income and live an inspired life. She passionately inspires others to ethically increase their personal and professional value while she does the same herself.

Why does she do what she does? Because through her years of working with the veterinary profession, she sees the difficulty people have in understanding the business side of veterinary medicine. She has witnessed far too many practice owners who pour years of blood, sweat, and tears into their businesses only to find that when they are ready to sell, they don’t own a valuable business.

Nikki is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Management Accountant. Having started a veterinary practice and working in the trenches of that practice, Nikki realized her passion was to help more veterinary business owners achieve their financial and lifestyle goals. She founded The Veterinary Business Expert™ to fulfill this passion.

The mission of The Veterinary Business Expert™ is to be the leader in providing education and inspiration to veterinarians, veterinary students, and veterinary staff so that they can build practice value, increase their personal wealth, and live their ultimate lifestyle.

Aligning with her passion to help others be successful entrepreneurs and live the lifestyle they desire, Nikki purchased Simmons & Associates Northwest in 2011 and recently purchased Simmons & Associates Midwest. Simmons & Associates Inc. is an international veterinary brokerage and appraisal firm represented by thirteen territories. Simmons helps veterinary practice owners understand the value of their investment through practice appraisals. No individual or firm has helped more veterinarians achieve their dreams of buying their own practice or reaping the rewards of their efforts by offering their veterinary practice for sale. Simmons is the world leader in veterinary practice sales and purchases.

Nikki focuses on proven methods to allow her clients to achieve their business and lifestyle goals. She combines her business education with her experience of owning a veterinary practice to help others start, purchase, grow, and sell veterinary practices. Her passion does not end with business. Through her commitment to helping people live their ultimate lifestyle, Nikki invested in becoming a graduate of Jack Canfield’s Train the Trainer™ program qualifying her to teach The Success Principles™. She empowers others to live the life they desire through her High Achievers Coaching Program™.

As an international best-selling author and frequent national and international speaker, she is eager to share her expertise.

Simmons Southwest

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11737 Twenty Six Mile Rd
Oakdale, CA 95361
P (209) 845-2088
F (305) 675-6183 or (209) 845-2087

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Dardalee Bussell, DVM

From expertise in practice valuations to real estate, Dr. Dardalee Bussell can help guide your decisions when buying or selling a veterinary practice. She has business and real-estate education in investment strategies, appraisals, business practices, law, finance, and property management.

She holds real-estate licenses in several states and veterinary licenses in California, Montana, Colorado, and Wyoming. Dr. Bussell earned her doctorate in veterinary medicine with honors from Colorado State University and continues to practice small animal medicine part-time.

Byron Farquer, DVM, CVA

With a portfolio of experience that includes hospital ownership, business and real-estate education, and academic honors, Dr. Farquer offers insightful advice to clients who are buying or selling practices. He has received training in accounting, business practices, appraisals, business assessment, and corporate management.

Dr. Farquer holds veterinary licenses in California, Montana, Colorado, and Wyoming, as well as real-estate licenses in multiple states. Graduating with a doctorate in veterinary medicine with honors from Colorado State University, Dr. Farquer also was a Boettcher Scholar. He has completed advanced research projects in equine orthopedics, an externship in equine surgery and medicine, and academic program development in swine production medicine and bovine herd health analysis.

Dr. Farquer frequently lectures at veterinary conferences, is a charter member of the Association of Veterinary Practice Management Consultants and Advisors, and belongs to several veterinary associations. He continues his business education with training from the American Society of Appraisers and Institute of Business Appraisers.

Simmons Southcentral

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9084 FM 2451
Scurry, TX 75158
P (800) 982-8033 or (972) 486-3993
F (972) 486-3501

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David KingDavid F. King, DVM, CVA

As an owner of two veterinary hospitals and a working ranch, Dr. David King understands the success factors necessary to operate thriving businesses. He founded Crossroads Pet Hospital, Golden Opportunity Veterinary Rescue Organization, and Bar King Ranch. He also co-founded the North Texas Pet Emergency Clinic in Carrollton, Texas. Crossroads Pet Hospital won dual national awards, honored by Veterinary Economics with Hospital Design and Practice of Excellence Awards.

A graduate of Texas A&M University, Dr. King earned his doctorate in veterinary medicine in 1987. He is a licensed veterinarian and real-estate broker in Texas. In addition to veterinary association memberships, Dr. King is a charter member of Vet Partners (formerly the Association of Veterinary Practice Management Consultants & Advisors) and serves as a Trustee for our Simmons Educational Trust (SEF). He is a member of the National Association of Credited Valuation Analysts and has received the advanced designation of Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA). Dr. King is often requested to share his expertise in the field of practice sales by lecturing at veterinary conferences on both the national and state levels.

Stacy CadieuxStacy Cadieux, CBI

Stacy has been instrumental in helping Simmons & Associates earn the distinction of the most recognized name in veterinary practice brokerage services. She oversees all national marketing efforts including planning, design, website development, print advertising and social media. Having worked with businesses of all sizes; small to the largest Fortune 500, Stacy is comfortable in most any business setting.

Working with Dr. King in the Southcentral territory, Stacy builds harmonious buyer/seller working relationships. She has extensive experience in business negotiating and will work hard for both buyers and sellers to make sure the journey to the closing table is as smooth as possible. She knows that for most veterinarians, the sale or purchase of a veterinary practice will be one of the most important financial decisions they will make in their career. Stacy works to distinguish herself by providing the highest level of ethical business services and professionalism to each of her clients. Stacy is a licensed real estate agent in Texas and a member of the International Business Brokers Association. With her experience in sales, marketing, and business, Stacy brings a wide range of knowledge and expertise to the Simmons Southcentral office.

Simmons Pacific

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11737 Twenty Six Mile Rd
Oakdale, CA 95361
P (209) 845-2088
F (305) 675-6183 or (209) 845-2087

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Dardalee Bussell, DVM

From expertise in practice valuations to real estate, Dr. Dardalee Bussell can help guide your decisions when buying or selling a veterinary practice. She has business and real-estate education in investment strategies, appraisals, business practices, law, finance, and property management.

She holds a real-estate broker license and veterinary licenses in California, Montana, Colorado, and Wyoming. Dr. Bussell earned her doctorate in veterinary medicine with honors from Colorado State University and continues to practice small animal medicine part-time.

Farquer 2011 compressedByron Farquer, DVM, CVA

Dr. Farquer holds veterinary licenses in California, Montana, Colorado, and Wyoming, as well as real-estate licenses in multiple states. Graduating with a doctorate in veterinary medicine with honors from Colorado State University, Dr. Farquer also was a Boettcher Scholar. He has completed advanced research projects in equine orthopedics, an externship in equine surgery and medicine, and academic program development in swine production medicine and bovine herd health analysis.

Dr. Farquer frequently lectures at veterinary conferences, is a charter member of the Association of Veterinary Practice Management Consultants and Advisors, and belongs to several veterinary associations. He continues his business education with training from the American Society of Appraisers and Institute of Business Appraisers.

Simmons Intermountain

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42129 Las Colinas Drive
Elizabeth, CO 80107
Elizabeth, CO
O: 800-982-8033
F: 800-787-4559

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Kathy_Morris_2012_smallKathryn Morris, CPA CVA

Kathy Morris is a Certified Public Accountant and an Associate Broker with the Colorado Division of Real Estate. She has been involved in ownership and operation of two successful veterinary hospitals in Colorado. In 1991, she helped purchase a practice through Simmons Intermountain and in 2004 that practice was sold with Simmons Intermountain facilitating the process. In 1998 she was part of a start-up mixed practice that was sold in 2002. Kathy also co-founded a regional small animal emergency practice and two real estate LLCs owning veterinary hospital facilities.

In addition to her efforts with Simmons Intermountain, Kathy works closely with veterinarians and their bookkeepers through her Bookkeeping for Veterinarians, LLC services and her partnership with Paul Gustafson, CPA in VetSOAP, LLC, Veterinarians' Source Of Accounting and Planning. Her efforts in helping veterinarians evaluate and understand practice financial performance help practice owners reach their goals and expectations for their practice sales and help buyers acquire practices that meet their needs.

David_King_2012_smallDavid F. King, DVM CVA

As an owner of two veterinary hospitals and a working ranch, Dr. David King understands the success factors necessary to operate thriving businesses. He founded Crossroads Pet Hospital, Golden Opportunity Veterinary Rescue Organization, and Bar King Ranch. He also co-founded the North Texas Pet Emergency Clinic in Carrollton, Texas. Crossroads Pet Hospital won dual national awards, honored by Veterinary Economics with Hospital Design and Practice of Excellence Awards. A graduate of Texas A&M University, Dr. King earned his doctorate in veterinary medicine in 1987. He is a licensed veterinarian and real-estate broker in Texas.

In addition to veterinary association memberships, Dr. King is a charter member of the Association of Veterinary Practice Management Consultants & Advisors and serves as a Trustee for our Simmons & Associates Educational Trust Foundation. Dr. King is often requested to share his expertise in the field of practice sales by lecturing at veterinary conferences on both the national and state levels.

Simmons Northeast

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Headquarters and New England Office
38 Clearwater Drive
PO Box 882
Raymond, ME 04071
P: (800) 474-4775
F: (800) 474-4775

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New York
122 Trowbridge 2R
Cambridge, MA 02138
P: (800) 474-4775
F: (800) 474-4775

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Jim StephensonJim Stephenson, DVM, CBA

Jim has been doing practice valuations and sales since 1993. He performs appraisals exclusively for veterinary practices on a regular basis for the purpose of fair market sales, internal sales, divorce, litigation, and estate settlements. His appraisal activity is both primary in purpose and also as an adjunct to his brokerage activities in veterinary practice sales. He is a member of the Institute of Business Appraisers, having been awarded their highly regarded credential of Certified Business Appraiser and is co-author and speaker on valuation and sales matters within the veterinary profession.

After graduating from Purdue in 1979, he opened and operated two veterinary practices in New England. He currently resides in southern Maine devoting his full-time attention to the customers, clients and his colleagues in the operations of Simmons Northeast. Jim received his brokerage and appraisal training from Simmons and the Institute of Business Appraisers. He is a charter member of VetPartners, where he enjoys frequent collaboration among the best in the industry, as Co-Chair of the VetPartners Valuation Council.

Licensed or affiliated to serve you competently, ethically, and legally in New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York and Connecticut.

Joe StephensonJoe Stephenson, MA

Located in New York, Joe is the sales manager for the New York office of Simmons Northeast. Since 2010, he has been doing practice sales and developing appraisals for Simmons Northeast, with a specific focus on serving veterinarians in New York State. Growing up in veterinary clinics as the son of a veterinarian and practice owner, he has developed personal interest in the success of veterinary business owners. As a master of philosophy he contributes a high level of analytical rigor to the appraisal and practice transition process. He is a member of the New York Association of Business Brokers, International Business Brokers Association and is an Licensed Real Estate Broker in New York. Located in the heart of the Hudson Valley, the success of Joe’s approach as a broker comes from applying the expertise and experience of Simmons with the type of personal, responsive touch in New York that only a local broker could.

In addition to his experience in appraisals and practice transitions, Joe actively speaks at New York State veterinary venues on exit strategy planning, maximizing practice profitability, and other significant topics related to practice sales and purchases.

Simmons Mid-Atlantic

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203A East Main Street
Boalsburg, PA 16827
P (888) 881-7084 or (814) 466 7084
F (866) 929-9557

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Larry McCormickLarry McCormick, DVM, MBA, CBA

Dr. McCormick practiced small animal medicine and surgery following graduation from Iowa State University in 1967. He owned two AAHA accredited small animal veterinary practices in State College, Pennsylvania. He completed his MBA at Penn State University in 1996. In 1998, he joined in partnership with Dr. Jim Wilson forming the veterinary practice management firm, Priority Veterinary Management Consultants. In 2003, he separated from PVMC and began operating The McCormick Consultant Group and Simmons Mid-Atlantic with his partner and son, David F. McCormick.

Dr. McCormick is an experienced appraiser of veterinary practices. He is accredited as a Certified Business Appraiser by the Institute of Business Appraisers. Dr. McCormick has performed numerous valuation appraisals of veterinary practices and he serves as an expert witness for legal cases involving veterinary practice valuation. He has also been involved in numerous lectures, conference workshops and consultations involving both veterinary management and valuation issues. He is a Charter Member of VetPartners and is the past Chair of the VetPartners Valuation Resource Council. In 2008, he received the Distinguished Life Member award from VetPartners in recognition of his service to the profession in veterinary practice valuation.

David McCormickDavid F. McCormick, MS, CVA

David McCormick is an experienced veterinary practice appraiser and practice management consultant who specializes in exit planning and facilitating successful practice transactions. He is a member of the Institute of Business Appraisers, the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts and a Charter Member of VetPartners, (formerly the Association of Veterinary Practice Management Consultants and Advisors). He has served as the President (2006) and Secretary (2001-2003), and is currently the Chair of the Nominations Committee and he serves on the VetPartners Valuation Council.

As a speaker/teacher, David has presented at the AVMA, NAVC and WVC meetings and the Southern European Veterinary Conference as well as many other regional and state veterinary management association conferences. He is a member of the American Animal Hospital Association’s faculty team teaching their Veterinary Management School, Level 1. He is the practice management program coordinator for the Western Veterinary Conference 2011- 2017 meetings. He held a similar position for the AVMA’s 2003-2007 National Conventions.

Sherry EverhartSherry L. Everhart, BS, CVT

Sherry Everhart joined the Simmons Mid Atlantic team in 2008 as a practice appraiser and management consultant. Starting her career as a technician in 1987, she has over 20 years experience in the veterinary field. She has experience in all aspects of practice management including budgeting and financial analysis, inventory management, strategizing for growth and personnel management. Most recently she was the Hospital Administrator of a corporate owned, full-service, AAHA accredited small animal veterinary hospital. Under her management, she successfully guided the practice through numerous AAHA accreditation renewals and in 2005 earned NVA’s President’s Award for financial performance and outstanding quality medical care.

Sherry earned her B.S. in Accounting from Penn State University in June 2006 with emphasis in corporate financial management and graduating with highest distinction. She earned her A.S. in Veterinary Technology from Harcum College in 1986. She is a member of the Institute of Business Appraisers, the Veterinary Hospital Management Association, the National Collegiate of Scholars and the Golden Key National Honor Society.

Miki Benner, Larry McCormick, DVM, MBA, David McCormick, MS, Sherry L. Everhart, BS, CVT

Simmons Southeast

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1610-A Frederica Road
St. Simons Island, GA 31522
P (800) 333-1984 or (912) 638-6578
F (912) 634-0768

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Doyle WatsonDoyle Watson, DVM President and CEO

Dr. Doyle Watson provides the vision and leadership for Simmons & Associates’ corporate office and operates our Southeast regional office. He is well respected among veterinary colleagues as an expert in appraisal and brokerage. Dr. Watson earned his doctorate in veterinary medicine from the University of Georgia and established two small animal practices in Georgia.

In 1985, he purchased half interest in Simmons & Associates and established and managed our East Coast office. Dr. Watson later fully acquired Simmons & Associates nationwide in 1990 and set up our regional network of 10 offices to serve veterinarians coast to coast.

To share the latest clinical and management information with our profession, Dr. Watson founded Veterinary Forum, a national veterinary journal. After leading the publication as its president and CEO, he sold the journal in 1996. Dr. Watson is a licensed real-estate broker in seven Southeastern states and a licensed veterinarian in Georgia and Florida. In addition to veterinary association memberships, Dr. Watson belongs to the American Society of Appraisers and Institute of Business Appraisers. He lectures on veterinary practice sales and valuations nationwide.

Dr. Watson prides himself in the assemblage of a professional, talented, multi-functional staff and is confident in their ability to perform every function and service we provide. His primary job is initial contact with prospective sellers and personally performing each practice appraisal to ensure an accurate value, price (which may often be different figures), and terms of financing. Additionally he is in direct contact with every buyer who has visited a practice and expresses an interest in pursuit of ownership. He spends hours over the telephone, detailing the precise methodology on his appraisal process and how he arrived at the value or price. In that discussion he also details the various terms available and what the buyer can expect as personal income after all expenses have been made.

Although you will find him often with a sense of humor, most often you will appreciate the sound business advice and unofficial tax and legal advice he offers in all aspects of the business of contract creation, practice sale, purchase, ownership, and management.

Sheila CollinsSheila Collins-Office Manager

Having worked with Simmons Southeast for 12+ years, Sheila prides herself in multi-tasking in all facets of our services. She is very knowledgeable and experienced in the industry. One very important function is to dovetail with Dr. Watson in contract negotiations. However, her most challenging function comes into play at the point of contract, getting financing together and orchestrating all closing details amongst both parties, their professional advisers and the lender all the way to the closing table. Unpredictable, unique and apparently insurmountable challenges surface with almost every transaction. She is the ramrod, foreman and problem solver and is great at it. For this reason, we just do not lose our contracts once made. Sheila also manages the day-to-day structure and operations of the Southeast office. If anyone needs assistance, Sheila is the helper.

Sheila is very business oriented and knowledgeable yet buoyant, personable and approachable. Married with two sons and a daughter-in-law, she enjoys family time. She spends her free time in her church, entertaining family and friends, and traveling in the family’s motorhome (especially to Athens for football games and to their 2nd home in the Blue Ridge Mountains). Regardless of which service we are providing you, Sheila is in the mix; you will get to know her very well.

Carly WatsonCarly Watson-Marketing Director

With a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from Stetson University, Carly prides herself in quality and professionalism of the presentation of our image to you. This includes all our marketing programs, goodwill projects, speaking events and advertising. No matter what service you are looking for, the advertisements or promotions you see originate with her. Although you may not be in contact with Carly often, she is busy in the background ensuring that you notice our company and its value to your goals.

Carly was born and raised on St. Simons Island. After college, she lived in Breckenridge, CO and worked in vacation rentals and property management. She quickly discovered that she has to have the beach in her life, so moved home in 2010. Her time out of the office is spent traveling, riding her bike or running, cooking, and with her family and friends. She also enjoys entertaining guests and of course, frequenting the beach. Carly considers herself very business oriented, understanding of others’ issues and needs, and attentive to detail thus ensures that the Simmons image is perfection.

Simmons Southeast

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1610-A Frederica Road
St. Simons Island, GA 31522
P (800) 333-1984 or (912) 638-6578
F (912) 634-0768

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Doyle WatsonDoyle Watson, DVM President and CEO

Dr. Doyle Watson provides the vision and leadership for Simmons & Associates’ corporate office and operates our Southeast regional office. He is well respected among veterinary colleagues as an expert in appraisal and brokerage. Dr. Watson earned his doctorate in veterinary medicine from the University of Georgia and established two small animal practices in Georgia.

In 1985, he purchased half interest in Simmons & Associates and established and managed our East Coast office. Dr. Watson later fully acquired Simmons & Associates nationwide in 1990 and set up our regional network of 10 offices to serve veterinarians coast to coast.

To share the latest clinical and management information with our profession, Dr. Watson founded Veterinary Forum, a national veterinary journal. After leading the publication as its president and CEO, he sold the journal in 1996. Dr. Watson is a licensed real-estate broker in seven Southeastern states and a licensed veterinarian in Georgia and Florida. In addition to veterinary association memberships, Dr. Watson belongs to the American Society of Appraisers and Institute of Business Appraisers. He lectures on veterinary practice sales and valuations nationwide.

Dr. Watson prides himself in the assemblage of a professional, talented, multi-functional staff and is confident in their ability to perform every function and service we provide. His primary job is initial contact with prospective sellers and personally performing each practice appraisal to ensure an accurate value, price (which may often be different figures), and terms of financing. Additionally he is in direct contact with every buyer who has visited a practice and expresses an interest in pursuit of ownership. He spends hours over the telephone, detailing the precise methodology on his appraisal process and how he arrived at the value or price. In that discussion he also details the various terms available and what the buyer can expect as personal income after all expenses have been made.

Although you will find him often with a sense of humor, most often you will appreciate the sound business advice and unofficial tax and legal advice he offers in all aspects of the business of contract creation, practice sale, purchase, ownership, and management.

Sheila CollinsSheila Collins-Office Manager

Having worked with Simmons Southeast for 12+ years, Sheila prides herself in multi-tasking in all facets of our services. She is very knowledgeable and experienced in the industry. One very important function is to dovetail with Dr. Watson in contract negotiations. However, her most challenging function comes into play at the point of contract, getting financing together and orchestrating all closing details amongst both parties, their professional advisers and the lender all the way to the closing table. Unpredictable, unique and apparently insurmountable challenges surface with almost every transaction. She is the ramrod, foreman and problem solver and is great at it. For this reason, we just do not lose our contracts once made. Sheila also manages the day-to-day structure and operations of the Southeast office. If anyone needs assistance, Sheila is the helper.

Sheila is very business oriented and knowledgeable yet buoyant, personable and approachable. Married with two sons and a daughter-in-law, she enjoys family time. She spends her free time in her church, entertaining family and friends, and traveling in the family’s motorhome (especially to Athens for football games and to their 2nd home in the Blue Ridge Mountains). Regardless of which service we are providing you, Sheila is in the mix; you will get to know her very well.

Carly WatsonCarly Watson-Marketing Director

With a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from Stetson University, Carly prides herself in quality and professionalism of the presentation of our image to you. This includes all our marketing programs, goodwill projects, speaking events and advertising. No matter what service you are looking for, the advertisements or promotions you see originate with her. Although you may not be in contact with Carly often, she is busy in the background ensuring that you notice our company and its value to your goals.

Carly was born and raised on St. Simons Island. After college, she lived in Breckenridge, CO and worked in vacation rentals and property management. She quickly discovered that she has to have the beach in her life, so moved home in 2010. Her time out of the office is spent traveling, riding her bike or running, cooking, and with her family and friends. She also enjoys entertaining guests and of course, frequenting the beach. Carly considers herself very business oriented, understanding of others’ issues and needs, and attentive to detail thus ensures that the Simmons image is perfection.

Simmons Pacific

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11737 Twenty Six Mile Rd
Oakdale, CA 95361
P (209) 845-2088
F (305) 675-6183 or (209) 845-2087

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Dardalee Bussell, DVM

From expertise in practice valuations to real estate, Dr. Dardalee Bussell can help guide your decisions when buying or selling a veterinary practice. She has business and real-estate education in investment strategies, appraisals, business practices, law, finance, and property management.

She holds a real-estate broker license and veterinary licenses in California, Montana, Colorado, and Wyoming. Dr. Bussell earned her doctorate in veterinary medicine with honors from Colorado State University and continues to practice small animal medicine part-time.

Farquer 2011 compressedByron Farquer, DVM, CVA

Dr. Farquer holds veterinary licenses in California, Montana, Colorado, and Wyoming, as well as real-estate licenses in multiple states. Graduating with a doctorate in veterinary medicine with honors from Colorado State University, Dr. Farquer also was a Boettcher Scholar. He has completed advanced research projects in equine orthopedics, an externship in equine surgery and medicine, and academic program development in swine production medicine and bovine herd health analysis.

Dr. Farquer frequently lectures at veterinary conferences, is a charter member of the Association of Veterinary Practice Management Consultants and Advisors, and belongs to several veterinary associations. He continues his business education with training from the American Society of Appraisers and Institute of Business Appraisers.

Simmons Northwest

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12554 Tanglewood Road
Audubon, MN 56511
P (208) 664-3100
F (866) 694-6945

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Nikki NitzNikki Nitz, CPA, CMA

Inspiring and empowering, Nikki Nitz brings over 25 years of business consulting experience to her clients and all those she is in contact with. Her life purpose is to positively impact the world by empowering others and herself to generate inspired income and live an inspired life. She passionately inspires others to ethically increase their personal and professional value while she does the same herself.

Why does she do what she does? Because through her years of working with the veterinary profession, she sees the difficulty people have in understanding the business side of veterinary medicine. She has witnessed far too many practice owners who pour years of blood, sweat, and tears into their businesses only to find that when they are ready to sell, they don’t own a valuable business.

Nikki is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Management Accountant. Having started a veterinary practice and working in the trenches of that practice, Nikki realized her passion was to help more veterinary business owners achieve their financial and lifestyle goals. She founded The Veterinary Business Expert™ to fulfill this passion.

The mission of The Veterinary Business Expert™ is to be the leader in providing education and inspiration to veterinarians, veterinary students, and veterinary staff so that they can build practice value, increase their personal wealth, and live their ultimate lifestyle.

Aligning with her passion to help others be successful entrepreneurs and live the lifestyle they desire, Nikki purchased Simmons & Associates Northwest in 2011 and recently purchased Simmons & Associates Midwest. Simmons & Associates Inc. is an international veterinary brokerage and appraisal firm represented by thirteen territories. Simmons helps veterinary practice owners understand the value of their investment through practice appraisals. No individual or firm has helped more veterinarians achieve their dreams of buying their own practice or reaping the rewards of their efforts by offering their veterinary practice for sale. Simmons is the world leader in veterinary practice sales and purchases.

Nikki focuses on proven methods to allow her clients to achieve their business and lifestyle goals. She combines her business education with her experience of owning a veterinary practice to help others start, purchase, grow, and sell veterinary practices. Her passion does not end with business. Through her commitment to helping people live their ultimate lifestyle, Nikki invested in becoming a graduate of Jack Canfield’s Train the Trainer™ program qualifying her to teach The Success Principles™. She empowers others to live the life they desire through her High Achievers Coaching Program™.

As an international best-selling author and frequent national and international speaker, she is eager to share her expertise.

Simmons MidWest

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12554 Tanglewood Road
Audubon, MN 56511
P (877) 322-6465
F (866)694-6945

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Nikki NitzNikki Nitz, CPA, CMA

Inspiring and empowering, Nikki Nitz brings over 25 years of business consulting experience to her clients and all those she is in contact with. Her life purpose is to positively impact the world by empowering others and herself to generate inspired income and live an inspired life. She passionately inspires others to ethically increase their personal and professional value while she does the same herself.

Why does she do what she does? Because through her years of working with the veterinary profession, she sees the difficulty people have in understanding the business side of veterinary medicine. She has witnessed far too many practice owners who pour years of blood, sweat, and tears into their businesses only to find that when they are ready to sell, they don’t own a valuable business.

Nikki is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Management Accountant. Having started a veterinary practice and working in the trenches of that practice, Nikki realized her passion was to help more veterinary business owners achieve their financial and lifestyle goals. She founded The Veterinary Business Expert™ to fulfill this passion.

The mission of The Veterinary Business Expert™ is to be the leader in providing education and inspiration to veterinarians, veterinary students, and veterinary staff so that they can build practice value, increase their personal wealth, and live their ultimate lifestyle.

Aligning with her passion to help others be successful entrepreneurs and live the lifestyle they desire, Nikki purchased Simmons & Associates Northwest in 2011 and recently purchased Simmons & Associates Midwest. Simmons & Associates Inc. is an international veterinary brokerage and appraisal firm represented by thirteen territories. Simmons helps veterinary practice owners understand the value of their investment through practice appraisals. No individual or firm has helped more veterinarians achieve their dreams of buying their own practice or reaping the rewards of their efforts by offering their veterinary practice for sale. Simmons is the world leader in veterinary practice sales and purchases.

Nikki focuses on proven methods to allow her clients to achieve their business and lifestyle goals. She combines her business education with her experience of owning a veterinary practice to help others start, purchase, grow, and sell veterinary practices. Her passion does not end with business. Through her commitment to helping people live their ultimate lifestyle, Nikki invested in becoming a graduate of Jack Canfield’s Train the Trainer™ program qualifying her to teach The Success Principles™. She empowers others to live the life they desire through her High Achievers Coaching Program™.

As an international best-selling author and frequent national and international speaker, she is eager to share her expertise.

Simmons Great Lakes

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Dick Goebel, DVM
5889 Richey Park Lane
Monticello, IN 47960
P: (888)746-3717

Admin Office - McCormick, Everhart
203A East Main Street
Boalsburg, PA 16827
P: (814)466-7171
F: (866)929-9557

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Dick GoebelDick Goebel, DVM

Dick Goebel has provided an opinion of value for more than 300 practices for the purpose of establishing a basis for pricing, to determine value as an asset in divorce proceedings, to assess opportunities for greater practice efficiency and profitability, and to determine the practice assets contribution to owner net worth. He has testified as an expert witness on practice valuation in multiple states.

In 2010, he passed the certification requirements to become accredited by the Institute of Business Appraisers (AIBA). He receives continuing education from the Consultants Training Institute, the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts, and the Institute of Business Appraisers. He is a licensed real-estate broker in Indiana.

Our profession has honored Dr. Goebel with service awards from AAHA, Southern California Veterinary Medical Association, Indiana Veterinary Medical Association, and Purdue University. He was recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus of the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Goebel has published articles in JAVMA, Veterinary Economics, and AAHA Trends. He earned his doctorate in veterinary medicine from Purdue University and completed coursework in the Veterinary Management Institute.

David McCormickDavid F. McCormick, MS, CVA

David McCormick is an experienced veterinary practice appraiser and practice management consultant who specializes in exit planning and facilitating successful practice transactions. He is a member of the Institute of Business Appraisers, the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts and a Charter Member of VetPartners, (formerly the Association of Veterinary Practice Management Consultants and Advisors). He has served as the President (2006) and Secretary (2001-2003), and is currently the Chair of the Nominations Committee and he serves on the VetPartners Valuation Council.

As a speaker/teacher, David has presented at the AVMA, NAVC and WVC meetings and the Southern European Veterinary Conference as well as many other regional and state veterinary management association conferences. He is a member of the American Animal Hospital Association’s faculty team teaching their Veterinary Management School, Level 1. He is the practice management program coordinator for the Western Veterinary Conference 2011- 2017 meetings. He held a similar position for the AVMA’s 2003-2007 National Conventions.

Sherry EverhartSherry L. Everhart, BS, CVT

Sherry Everhart joined the Simmons Mid Atlantic team in 2008 as a practice appraiser and management consultant. Starting her career as a technician in 1987, she has over 20 years experience in the veterinary field. She has experience in all aspects of practice management including budgeting and financial analysis, inventory management, strategizing for growth and personnel management. Most recently she was the Hospital Administrator of a corporate owned, full-service, AAHA accredited small animal veterinary hospital. Under her management, she successfully guided the practice through numerous AAHA accreditation renewals and in 2005 earned NVA’s President’s Award for financial performance and outstanding quality medical care.

Sherry earned her B.S. in Accounting from Penn State University in June 2006 with emphasis in corporate financial management and graduating with highest distinction. She earned her A.S. in Veterinary Technology from Harcum College in 1986. She is a member of the Institute of Business Appraisers, the Veterinary Hospital Management Association, the National Collegiate of Scholars and the Golden Key National Honor Society.

Simmons MidWest

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12554 Tanglewood Road
Audubon, MN 56511
P (877) 322-6465
F (866)694-6945

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Nikki NitzNikki Nitz, CPA, CMA

Inspiring and empowering, Nikki Nitz brings over 25 years of business consulting experience to her clients and all those she is in contact with. Her life purpose is to positively impact the world by empowering others and herself to generate inspired income and live an inspired life. She passionately inspires others to ethically increase their personal and professional value while she does the same herself.

Why does she do what she does? Because through her years of working with the veterinary profession, she sees the difficulty people have in understanding the business side of veterinary medicine. She has witnessed far too many practice owners who pour years of blood, sweat, and tears into their businesses only to find that when they are ready to sell, they don’t own a valuable business.

Nikki is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Management Accountant. Having started a veterinary practice and working in the trenches of that practice, Nikki realized her passion was to help more veterinary business owners achieve their financial and lifestyle goals. She founded The Veterinary Business Expert™ to fulfill this passion.

The mission of The Veterinary Business Expert™ is to be the leader in providing education and inspiration to veterinarians, veterinary students, and veterinary staff so that they can build practice value, increase their personal wealth, and live their ultimate lifestyle.

Aligning with her passion to help others be successful entrepreneurs and live the lifestyle they desire, Nikki purchased Simmons & Associates Northwest in 2011 and recently purchased Simmons & Associates Midwest. Simmons & Associates Inc. is an international veterinary brokerage and appraisal firm represented by thirteen territories. Simmons helps veterinary practice owners understand the value of their investment through practice appraisals. No individual or firm has helped more veterinarians achieve their dreams of buying their own practice or reaping the rewards of their efforts by offering their veterinary practice for sale. Simmons is the world leader in veterinary practice sales and purchases.

Nikki focuses on proven methods to allow her clients to achieve their business and lifestyle goals. She combines her business education with her experience of owning a veterinary practice to help others start, purchase, grow, and sell veterinary practices. Her passion does not end with business. Through her commitment to helping people live their ultimate lifestyle, Nikki invested in becoming a graduate of Jack Canfield’s Train the Trainer™ program qualifying her to teach The Success Principles™. She empowers others to live the life they desire through her High Achievers Coaching Program™.

As an international best-selling author and frequent national and international speaker, she is eager to share her expertise.

Simmons MidWest

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12554 Tanglewood Road
Audubon, MN 56511
P (877) 322-6465
F (866)694-6945

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Nikki NitzNikki Nitz, CPA, CMA

Inspiring and empowering, Nikki Nitz brings over 25 years of business consulting experience to her clients and all those she is in contact with. Her life purpose is to positively impact the world by empowering others and herself to generate inspired income and live an inspired life. She passionately inspires others to ethically increase their personal and professional value while she does the same herself.

Why does she do what she does? Because through her years of working with the veterinary profession, she sees the difficulty people have in understanding the business side of veterinary medicine. She has witnessed far too many practice owners who pour years of blood, sweat, and tears into their businesses only to find that when they are ready to sell, they don’t own a valuable business.

Nikki is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Management Accountant. Having started a veterinary practice and working in the trenches of that practice, Nikki realized her passion was to help more veterinary business owners achieve their financial and lifestyle goals. She founded The Veterinary Business Expert™ to fulfill this passion.

The mission of The Veterinary Business Expert™ is to be the leader in providing education and inspiration to veterinarians, veterinary students, and veterinary staff so that they can build practice value, increase their personal wealth, and live their ultimate lifestyle.

Aligning with her passion to help others be successful entrepreneurs and live the lifestyle they desire, Nikki purchased Simmons & Associates Northwest in 2011 and recently purchased Simmons & Associates Midwest. Simmons & Associates Inc. is an international veterinary brokerage and appraisal firm represented by thirteen territories. Simmons helps veterinary practice owners understand the value of their investment through practice appraisals. No individual or firm has helped more veterinarians achieve their dreams of buying their own practice or reaping the rewards of their efforts by offering their veterinary practice for sale. Simmons is the world leader in veterinary practice sales and purchases.

Nikki focuses on proven methods to allow her clients to achieve their business and lifestyle goals. She combines her business education with her experience of owning a veterinary practice to help others start, purchase, grow, and sell veterinary practices. Her passion does not end with business. Through her commitment to helping people live their ultimate lifestyle, Nikki invested in becoming a graduate of Jack Canfield’s Train the Trainer™ program qualifying her to teach The Success Principles™. She empowers others to live the life they desire through her High Achievers Coaching Program™.

As an international best-selling author and frequent national and international speaker, she is eager to share her expertise.

Simmons MidSouth

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Simmons & Associates MidSouth, LLC
PO Box 16041
Huntsville, AL 35802
P: 256-650-8387
F: 256-885-0172

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Dr. Wilson W. McManus II, DVM CVPM
Real Estate Broker Licensed in Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee

Dr. Wilson McManus is pleased to represent Simmons & Associates MidSouth, serving veterinary professionals in Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. Dr. McManus offers a unique blend of veterinary practice ownership and business knowledge, along with a passion for veterinary medicine. As the previous owner of Valley Animal Hospital & Pet Resort, an AAHA accredited hospital, and active ownership interest in other hospitals, he understands first-hand the business and medical aspects of veterinary medicine.

The son of a practicing veterinarian, Dr. McManus earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal and Dairy Sciences from Auburn University and a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Auburn University in 1988. He is licensed to practice veterinary medicine in Alabama, Florida and Georgia. He earned his certification as a Certified Veterinary Practice Manager (CVPM) from the Veterinary Hospital Managers Association. Dr. McManus is a charter and current member of Veterinary Management Groups V in association with Veterinary Study Groups Inc. Through this ongoing association he has extensively studied the metrics and business principles that go into creating a top performing hospital. Dr. McManus also studied over a two-year period to become a graduate of the E-Myth Mastery Entrepreneurial Business Development Program.

Outside of veterinary medicine, Dr. McManus is a licensed real-estate broker in Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee, and has many years of experience in commercial real-estate investment and management. For eight years, with a local church, he started and operated an annual veterinary medical clinic in Honduras working with both large and small animals in remote villages. He lives in Huntsville, AL with his wife, three children and many pets.

Laura L. McManus
Real Estate Broker Licensed in Alabama

Laura is pleased to be working with Simmons & Associates MidSouth to diligently insure your satisfaction in all aspects of your venture, whether it is a business valuation or buying or selling your veterinary practice.

Laura holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Business from Birmingham-Southern College and a Master’s of Science in Management from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. She is also a licensed real estate broker.

Laura’s expertise lies in business valuation, real estate assessment, as well as demographic and marketing analysis. She began her career in international trade. While working on her master’s degree, she became involved in the telecommunications industry primarily in competitive and market analysis. After receiving her master’s degree she worked in several high-tech start-ups on the west coast. She moved back to Huntsville in 2002, and began working in veterinary business development.

Laura is very active in her community and has participated on the board of several local non-profit groups including Therapy Partners and Jones Valley Elementary PTA, as well as volunteering with several community non-profits. She lives in Huntsville with her husband, Wilson, their three children and many pets.

Kris Smith
Certified Veterinary Practice Manager

Kris is pleased to be working with Simmons & Associates MidSouth. As a Practice Manager with over 15 years’ experience, she understands the day to day operational & financial challenges of veterinary hospital management & ownership.

Kris holds a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and Business Administration from Seattle Pacific University. She is also a Certified Veterinary Practice Manager through the Veterinary Hospital Managers Association. Kris’s expertise lies in financial & operational management of veterinary hospitals. She began her career in accounting as an Assistant Hotel Controller with several national hotel companies in the Pacific Northwest. She relocated with her family to Huntsville in 1995 when her husband was transferred and began working in veterinary hospital management and practice development.

Kris is very active in her community & church and has served on the board of Farley Elementary PTA as well as women’s and children’s ministries with her church. She lives in Huntsville with her husband, Ken, her son and their pets.

Simmons MidSouth

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Simmons & Associates MidSouth, LLC
PO Box 16041
Huntsville, AL 35802
P: 256-650-8387
F: 256-885-0172

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Dr. Wilson W. McManus II, DVM CVPM
Real Estate Broker Licensed in Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee

Dr. Wilson McManus is pleased to represent Simmons & Associates MidSouth, serving veterinary professionals in Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. Dr. McManus offers a unique blend of veterinary practice ownership and business knowledge, along with a passion for veterinary medicine. As the previous owner of Valley Animal Hospital & Pet Resort, an AAHA accredited hospital, and active ownership interest in other hospitals, he understands first-hand the business and medical aspects of veterinary medicine.

The son of a practicing veterinarian, Dr. McManus earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal and Dairy Sciences from Auburn University and a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Auburn University in 1988. He is licensed to practice veterinary medicine in Alabama, Florida and Georgia. He earned his certification as a Certified Veterinary Practice Manager (CVPM) from the Veterinary Hospital Managers Association. Dr. McManus is a charter and current member of Veterinary Management Groups V in association with Veterinary Study Groups Inc. Through this ongoing association he has extensively studied the metrics and business principles that go into creating a top performing hospital. Dr. McManus also studied over a two-year period to become a graduate of the E-Myth Mastery Entrepreneurial Business Development Program.

Outside of veterinary medicine, Dr. McManus is a licensed real-estate broker in Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee, and has many years of experience in commercial real-estate investment and management. For eight years, with a local church, he started and operated an annual veterinary medical clinic in Honduras working with both large and small animals in remote villages. He lives in Huntsville, AL with his wife, three children and many pets.

Laura L. McManus
Real Estate Broker Licensed in Alabama

Laura is pleased to be working with Simmons & Associates MidSouth to diligently insure your satisfaction in all aspects of your venture, whether it is a business valuation or buying or selling your veterinary practice.

Laura holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Business from Birmingham-Southern College and a Master’s of Science in Management from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. She is also a licensed real estate broker.

Laura’s expertise lies in business valuation, real estate assessment, as well as demographic and marketing analysis. She began her career in international trade. While working on her master’s degree, she became involved in the telecommunications industry primarily in competitive and market analysis. After receiving her master’s degree she worked in several high-tech start-ups on the west coast. She moved back to Huntsville in 2002, and began working in veterinary business development.

Laura is very active in her community and has participated on the board of several local non-profit groups including Therapy Partners and Jones Valley Elementary PTA, as well as volunteering with several community non-profits. She lives in Huntsville with her husband, Wilson, their three children and many pets.

Kris Smith
Certified Veterinary Practice Manager

Kris is pleased to be working with Simmons & Associates MidSouth. As a Practice Manager with over 15 years’ experience, she understands the day to day operational & financial challenges of veterinary hospital management & ownership.

Kris holds a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and Business Administration from Seattle Pacific University. She is also a Certified Veterinary Practice Manager through the Veterinary Hospital Managers Association. Kris’s expertise lies in financial & operational management of veterinary hospitals. She began her career in accounting as an Assistant Hotel Controller with several national hotel companies in the Pacific Northwest. She relocated with her family to Huntsville in 1995 when her husband was transferred and began working in veterinary hospital management and practice development.

Kris is very active in her community & church and has served on the board of Farley Elementary PTA as well as women’s and children’s ministries with her church. She lives in Huntsville with her husband, Ken, her son and their pets.

Simmons Northeast

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Headquarters and New England Office
38 Clearwater Drive
PO Box 882
Raymond, ME 04071
P: (800) 474-4775
F: (800) 474-4775

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New York
122 Trowbridge 2R
Cambridge, MA 02138
P: (800) 474-4775
F: (800) 474-4775

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Jim StephensonJim Stephenson, DVM, CBA

Jim has been doing practice valuations and sales since 1993. He performs appraisals exclusively for veterinary practices on a regular basis for the purpose of fair market sales, internal sales, divorce, litigation, and estate settlements. His appraisal activity is both primary in purpose and also as an adjunct to his brokerage activities in veterinary practice sales. He is a member of the Institute of Business Appraisers, having been awarded their highly regarded credential of Certified Business Appraiser and is co-author and speaker on valuation and sales matters within the veterinary profession.

After graduating from Purdue in 1979, he opened and operated two veterinary practices in New England. He currently resides in southern Maine devoting his full-time attention to the customers, clients and his colleagues in the operations of Simmons Northeast. Jim received his brokerage and appraisal training from Simmons and the Institute of Business Appraisers. He is a charter member of VetPartners, where he enjoys frequent collaboration among the best in the industry, as Co-Chair of the VetPartners Valuation Council.

Licensed or affiliated to serve you competently, ethically, and legally in New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York and Connecticut.

Joe StephensonJoe Stephenson, MA

Located in New York, Joe is the sales manager for the New York office of Simmons Northeast. Since 2010, he has been doing practice sales and developing appraisals for Simmons Northeast, with a specific focus on serving veterinarians in New York State. Growing up in veterinary clinics as the son of a veterinarian and practice owner, he has developed personal interest in the success of veterinary business owners. As a master of philosophy he contributes a high level of analytical rigor to the appraisal and practice transition process. He is a member of the New York Association of Business Brokers, International Business Brokers Association and is an Licensed Real Estate Broker in New York. Located in the heart of the Hudson Valley, the success of Joe’s approach as a broker comes from applying the expertise and experience of Simmons with the type of personal, responsive touch in New York that only a local broker could.

In addition to his experience in appraisals and practice transitions, Joe actively speaks at New York State veterinary venues on exit strategy planning, maximizing practice profitability, and other significant topics related to practice sales and purchases.

Simmons Mid-Atlantic

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203A East Main Street
Boalsburg, PA 16827
P (888) 881-7084 or (814) 466 7084
F (866) 929-9557

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Larry McCormickLarry McCormick, DVM, MBA, CBA

Dr. McCormick practiced small animal medicine and surgery following graduation from Iowa State University in 1967. He owned two AAHA accredited small animal veterinary practices in State College, Pennsylvania. He completed his MBA at Penn State University in 1996. In 1998, he joined in partnership with Dr. Jim Wilson forming the veterinary practice management firm, Priority Veterinary Management Consultants. In 2003, he separated from PVMC and began operating The McCormick Consultant Group and Simmons Mid-Atlantic with his partner and son, David F. McCormick.

Dr. McCormick is an experienced appraiser of veterinary practices. He is accredited as a Certified Business Appraiser by the Institute of Business Appraisers. Dr. McCormick has performed numerous valuation appraisals of veterinary practices and he serves as an expert witness for legal cases involving veterinary practice valuation. He has also been involved in numerous lectures, conference workshops and consultations involving both veterinary management and valuation issues. He is a Charter Member of VetPartners and is the past Chair of the VetPartners Valuation Resource Council. In 2008, he received the Distinguished Life Member award from VetPartners in recognition of his service to the profession in veterinary practice valuation.

David McCormickDavid F. McCormick, MS, CVA

David McCormick is an experienced veterinary practice appraiser and practice management consultant who specializes in exit planning and facilitating successful practice transactions. He is a member of the Institute of Business Appraisers, the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts and a Charter Member of VetPartners, (formerly the Association of Veterinary Practice Management Consultants and Advisors). He has served as the President (2006) and Secretary (2001-2003), and is currently the Chair of the Nominations Committee and he serves on the VetPartners Valuation Council.

As a speaker/teacher, David has presented at the AVMA, NAVC and WVC meetings and the Southern European Veterinary Conference as well as many other regional and state veterinary management association conferences. He is a member of the American Animal Hospital Association’s faculty team teaching their Veterinary Management School, Level 1. He is the practice management program coordinator for the Western Veterinary Conference 2011- 2017 meetings. He held a similar position for the AVMA’s 2003-2007 National Conventions.

Sherry EverhartSherry L. Everhart, BS, CVT

Sherry Everhart joined the Simmons Mid Atlantic team in 2008 as a practice appraiser and management consultant. Starting her career as a technician in 1987, she has over 20 years experience in the veterinary field. She has experience in all aspects of practice management including budgeting and financial analysis, inventory management, strategizing for growth and personnel management. Most recently she was the Hospital Administrator of a corporate owned, full-service, AAHA accredited small animal veterinary hospital. Under her management, she successfully guided the practice through numerous AAHA accreditation renewals and in 2005 earned NVA’s President’s Award for financial performance and outstanding quality medical care.

Sherry earned her B.S. in Accounting from Penn State University in June 2006 with emphasis in corporate financial management and graduating with highest distinction. She earned her A.S. in Veterinary Technology from Harcum College in 1986. She is a member of the Institute of Business Appraisers, the Veterinary Hospital Management Association, the National Collegiate of Scholars and the Golden Key National Honor Society.

Miki Benner, Larry McCormick, DVM, MBA, David McCormick, MS, Sherry L. Everhart, BS, CVT

Simmons Northeast

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Headquarters and New England Office
38 Clearwater Drive
PO Box 882
Raymond, ME 04071
P: (800) 474-4775
F: (800) 474-4775

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New York
122 Trowbridge 2R
Cambridge, MA 02138
P: (800) 474-4775
F: (800) 474-4775

Email Us

Jim StephensonJim Stephenson, DVM, CBA

Jim has been doing practice valuations and sales since 1993. He performs appraisals exclusively for veterinary practices on a regular basis for the purpose of fair market sales, internal sales, divorce, litigation, and estate settlements. His appraisal activity is both primary in purpose and also as an adjunct to his brokerage activities in veterinary practice sales. He is a member of the Institute of Business Appraisers, having been awarded their highly regarded credential of Certified Business Appraiser and is co-author and speaker on valuation and sales matters within the veterinary profession.

After graduating from Purdue in 1979, he opened and operated two veterinary practices in New England. He currently resides in southern Maine devoting his full-time attention to the customers, clients and his colleagues in the operations of Simmons Northeast. Jim received his brokerage and appraisal training from Simmons and the Institute of Business Appraisers. He is a charter member of VetPartners, where he enjoys frequent collaboration among the best in the industry, as Co-Chair of the VetPartners Valuation Council.

Licensed or affiliated to serve you competently, ethically, and legally in New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York and Connecticut.

Joe StephensonJoe Stephenson, MA

Located in New York, Joe is the sales manager for the New York office of Simmons Northeast. Since 2010, he has been doing practice sales and developing appraisals for Simmons Northeast, with a specific focus on serving veterinarians in New York State. Growing up in veterinary clinics as the son of a veterinarian and practice owner, he has developed personal interest in the success of veterinary business owners. As a master of philosophy he contributes a high level of analytical rigor to the appraisal and practice transition process. He is a member of the New York Association of Business Brokers, International Business Brokers Association and is an Licensed Real Estate Broker in New York. Located in the heart of the Hudson Valley, the success of Joe’s approach as a broker comes from applying the expertise and experience of Simmons with the type of personal, responsive touch in New York that only a local broker could.

In addition to his experience in appraisals and practice transitions, Joe actively speaks at New York State veterinary venues on exit strategy planning, maximizing practice profitability, and other significant topics related to practice sales and purchases.

Simmons Great Lakes

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Dick Goebel, DVM
5889 Richey Park Lane
Monticello, IN 47960
P: (888)746-3717

Admin Office - McCormick, Everhart
203A East Main Street
Boalsburg, PA 16827
P: (814)466-7171
F: (866)929-9557

Email Us

Dick GoebelDick Goebel, DVM

Dick Goebel has provided an opinion of value for more than 300 practices for the purpose of establishing a basis for pricing, to determine value as an asset in divorce proceedings, to assess opportunities for greater practice efficiency and profitability, and to determine the practice assets contribution to owner net worth. He has testified as an expert witness on practice valuation in multiple states.

In 2010, he passed the certification requirements to become accredited by the Institute of Business Appraisers (AIBA). He receives continuing education from the Consultants Training Institute, the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts, and the Institute of Business Appraisers. He is a licensed real-estate broker in Indiana.

Our profession has honored Dr. Goebel with service awards from AAHA, Southern California Veterinary Medical Association, Indiana Veterinary Medical Association, and Purdue University. He was recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus of the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Goebel has published articles in JAVMA, Veterinary Economics, and AAHA Trends. He earned his doctorate in veterinary medicine from Purdue University and completed coursework in the Veterinary Management Institute.

David McCormickDavid F. McCormick, MS, CVA

David McCormick is an experienced veterinary practice appraiser and practice management consultant who specializes in exit planning and facilitating successful practice transactions. He is a member of the Institute of Business Appraisers, the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts and a Charter Member of VetPartners, (formerly the Association of Veterinary Practice Management Consultants and Advisors). He has served as the President (2006) and Secretary (2001-2003), and is currently the Chair of the Nominations Committee and he serves on the VetPartners Valuation Council.

As a speaker/teacher, David has presented at the AVMA, NAVC and WVC meetings and the Southern European Veterinary Conference as well as many other regional and state veterinary management association conferences. He is a member of the American Animal Hospital Association’s faculty team teaching their Veterinary Management School, Level 1. He is the practice management program coordinator for the Western Veterinary Conference 2011- 2017 meetings. He held a similar position for the AVMA’s 2003-2007 National Conventions.

Sherry EverhartSherry L. Everhart, BS, CVT

Sherry Everhart joined the Simmons Mid Atlantic team in 2008 as a practice appraiser and management consultant. Starting her career as a technician in 1987, she has over 20 years experience in the veterinary field. She has experience in all aspects of practice management including budgeting and financial analysis, inventory management, strategizing for growth and personnel management. Most recently she was the Hospital Administrator of a corporate owned, full-service, AAHA accredited small animal veterinary hospital. Under her management, she successfully guided the practice through numerous AAHA accreditation renewals and in 2005 earned NVA’s President’s Award for financial performance and outstanding quality medical care.

Sherry earned her B.S. in Accounting from Penn State University in June 2006 with emphasis in corporate financial management and graduating with highest distinction. She earned her A.S. in Veterinary Technology from Harcum College in 1986. She is a member of the Institute of Business Appraisers, the Veterinary Hospital Management Association, the National Collegiate of Scholars and the Golden Key National Honor Society.

Simmons MidWest

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12554 Tanglewood Road
Audubon, MN 56511
P (877) 322-6465
F (866)694-6945

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Nikki NitzNikki Nitz, CPA, CMA

Inspiring and empowering, Nikki Nitz brings over 25 years of business consulting experience to her clients and all those she is in contact with. Her life purpose is to positively impact the world by empowering others and herself to generate inspired income and live an inspired life. She passionately inspires others to ethically increase their personal and professional value while she does the same herself.

Why does she do what she does? Because through her years of working with the veterinary profession, she sees the difficulty people have in understanding the business side of veterinary medicine. She has witnessed far too many practice owners who pour years of blood, sweat, and tears into their businesses only to find that when they are ready to sell, they don’t own a valuable business.

Nikki is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Management Accountant. Having started a veterinary practice and working in the trenches of that practice, Nikki realized her passion was to help more veterinary business owners achieve their financial and lifestyle goals. She founded The Veterinary Business Expert™ to fulfill this passion.

The mission of The Veterinary Business Expert™ is to be the leader in providing education and inspiration to veterinarians, veterinary students, and veterinary staff so that they can build practice value, increase their personal wealth, and live their ultimate lifestyle.

Aligning with her passion to help others be successful entrepreneurs and live the lifestyle they desire, Nikki purchased Simmons & Associates Northwest in 2011 and recently purchased Simmons & Associates Midwest. Simmons & Associates Inc. is an international veterinary brokerage and appraisal firm represented by thirteen territories. Simmons helps veterinary practice owners understand the value of their investment through practice appraisals. No individual or firm has helped more veterinarians achieve their dreams of buying their own practice or reaping the rewards of their efforts by offering their veterinary practice for sale. Simmons is the world leader in veterinary practice sales and purchases.

Nikki focuses on proven methods to allow her clients to achieve their business and lifestyle goals. She combines her business education with her experience of owning a veterinary practice to help others start, purchase, grow, and sell veterinary practices. Her passion does not end with business. Through her commitment to helping people live their ultimate lifestyle, Nikki invested in becoming a graduate of Jack Canfield’s Train the Trainer™ program qualifying her to teach The Success Principles™. She empowers others to live the life they desire through her High Achievers Coaching Program™.

As an international best-selling author and frequent national and international speaker, she is eager to share her expertise.

Simmons MidSouth

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Simmons & Associates MidSouth, LLC
PO Box 16041
Huntsville, AL 35802
P: 256-650-8387
F: 256-885-0172

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Dr. Wilson W. McManus II, DVM CVPM
Real Estate Broker Licensed in Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee

Dr. Wilson McManus is pleased to represent Simmons & Associates MidSouth, serving veterinary professionals in Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. Dr. McManus offers a unique blend of veterinary practice ownership and business knowledge, along with a passion for veterinary medicine. As the previous owner of Valley Animal Hospital & Pet Resort, an AAHA accredited hospital, and active ownership interest in other hospitals, he understands first-hand the business and medical aspects of veterinary medicine.

The son of a practicing veterinarian, Dr. McManus earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal and Dairy Sciences from Auburn University and a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Auburn University in 1988. He is licensed to practice veterinary medicine in Alabama, Florida and Georgia. He earned his certification as a Certified Veterinary Practice Manager (CVPM) from the Veterinary Hospital Managers Association. Dr. McManus is a charter and current member of Veterinary Management Groups V in association with Veterinary Study Groups Inc. Through this ongoing association he has extensively studied the metrics and business principles that go into creating a top performing hospital. Dr. McManus also studied over a two-year period to become a graduate of the E-Myth Mastery Entrepreneurial Business Development Program.

Outside of veterinary medicine, Dr. McManus is a licensed real-estate broker in Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee, and has many years of experience in commercial real-estate investment and management. For eight years, with a local church, he started and operated an annual veterinary medical clinic in Honduras working with both large and small animals in remote villages. He lives in Huntsville, AL with his wife, three children and many pets.

Laura L. McManus
Real Estate Broker Licensed in Alabama

Laura is pleased to be working with Simmons & Associates MidSouth to diligently insure your satisfaction in all aspects of your venture, whether it is a business valuation or buying or selling your veterinary practice.

Laura holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Business from Birmingham-Southern College and a Master’s of Science in Management from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. She is also a licensed real estate broker.

Laura’s expertise lies in business valuation, real estate assessment, as well as demographic and marketing analysis. She began her career in international trade. While working on her master’s degree, she became involved in the telecommunications industry primarily in competitive and market analysis. After receiving her master’s degree she worked in several high-tech start-ups on the west coast. She moved back to Huntsville in 2002, and began working in veterinary business development.

Laura is very active in her community and has participated on the board of several local non-profit groups including Therapy Partners and Jones Valley Elementary PTA, as well as volunteering with several community non-profits. She lives in Huntsville with her husband, Wilson, their three children and many pets.

Kris Smith
Certified Veterinary Practice Manager

Kris is pleased to be working with Simmons & Associates MidSouth. As a Practice Manager with over 15 years’ experience, she understands the day to day operational & financial challenges of veterinary hospital management & ownership.

Kris holds a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and Business Administration from Seattle Pacific University. She is also a Certified Veterinary Practice Manager through the Veterinary Hospital Managers Association. Kris’s expertise lies in financial & operational management of veterinary hospitals. She began her career in accounting as an Assistant Hotel Controller with several national hotel companies in the Pacific Northwest. She relocated with her family to Huntsville in 1995 when her husband was transferred and began working in veterinary hospital management and practice development.

Kris is very active in her community & church and has served on the board of Farley Elementary PTA as well as women’s and children’s ministries with her church. She lives in Huntsville with her husband, Ken, her son and their pets.

Simmons MidWest

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12554 Tanglewood Road
Audubon, MN 56511
P (877) 322-6465
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Nikki NitzNikki Nitz, CPA, CMA

Inspiring and empowering, Nikki Nitz brings over 25 years of business consulting experience to her clients and all those she is in contact with. Her life purpose is to positively impact the world by empowering others and herself to generate inspired income and live an inspired life. She passionately inspires others to ethically increase their personal and professional value while she does the same herself.

Why does she do what she does? Because through her years of working with the veterinary profession, she sees the difficulty people have in understanding the business side of veterinary medicine. She has witnessed far too many practice owners who pour years of blood, sweat, and tears into their businesses only to find that when they are ready to sell, they don’t own a valuable business.

Nikki is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Management Accountant. Having started a veterinary practice and working in the trenches of that practice, Nikki realized her passion was to help more veterinary business owners achieve their financial and lifestyle goals. She founded The Veterinary Business Expert™ to fulfill this passion.

The mission of The Veterinary Business Expert™ is to be the leader in providing education and inspiration to veterinarians, veterinary students, and veterinary staff so that they can build practice value, increase their personal wealth, and live their ultimate lifestyle.

Aligning with her passion to help others be successful entrepreneurs and live the lifestyle they desire, Nikki purchased Simmons & Associates Northwest in 2011 and recently purchased Simmons & Associates Midwest. Simmons & Associates Inc. is an international veterinary brokerage and appraisal firm represented by thirteen territories. Simmons helps veterinary practice owners understand the value of their investment through practice appraisals. No individual or firm has helped more veterinarians achieve their dreams of buying their own practice or reaping the rewards of their efforts by offering their veterinary practice for sale. Simmons is the world leader in veterinary practice sales and purchases.

Nikki focuses on proven methods to allow her clients to achieve their business and lifestyle goals. She combines her business education with her experience of owning a veterinary practice to help others start, purchase, grow, and sell veterinary practices. Her passion does not end with business. Through her commitment to helping people live their ultimate lifestyle, Nikki invested in becoming a graduate of Jack Canfield’s Train the Trainer™ program qualifying her to teach The Success Principles™. She empowers others to live the life they desire through her High Achievers Coaching Program™.

As an international best-selling author and frequent national and international speaker, she is eager to share her expertise.

Simmons Intermountain

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42129 Las Colinas Drive
Elizabeth, CO 80107
Elizabeth, CO
O: 800-982-8033
F: 800-787-4559

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Kathy_Morris_2012_smallKathryn Morris, CPA CVA

Kathy Morris is a Certified Public Accountant and an Associate Broker with the Colorado Division of Real Estate. She has been involved in ownership and operation of two successful veterinary hospitals in Colorado. In 1991, she helped purchase a practice through Simmons Intermountain and in 2004 that practice was sold with Simmons Intermountain facilitating the process. In 1998 she was part of a start-up mixed practice that was sold in 2002. Kathy also co-founded a regional small animal emergency practice and two real estate LLCs owning veterinary hospital facilities.

In addition to her efforts with Simmons Intermountain, Kathy works closely with veterinarians and their bookkeepers through her Bookkeeping for Veterinarians, LLC services and her partnership with Paul Gustafson, CPA in VetSOAP, LLC, Veterinarians' Source Of Accounting and Planning. Her efforts in helping veterinarians evaluate and understand practice financial performance help practice owners reach their goals and expectations for their practice sales and help buyers acquire practices that meet their needs.

David_King_2012_smallDavid F. King, DVM CVA

As an owner of two veterinary hospitals and a working ranch, Dr. David King understands the success factors necessary to operate thriving businesses. He founded Crossroads Pet Hospital, Golden Opportunity Veterinary Rescue Organization, and Bar King Ranch. He also co-founded the North Texas Pet Emergency Clinic in Carrollton, Texas. Crossroads Pet Hospital won dual national awards, honored by Veterinary Economics with Hospital Design and Practice of Excellence Awards. A graduate of Texas A&M University, Dr. King earned his doctorate in veterinary medicine in 1987. He is a licensed veterinarian and real-estate broker in Texas.

In addition to veterinary association memberships, Dr. King is a charter member of the Association of Veterinary Practice Management Consultants & Advisors and serves as a Trustee for our Simmons & Associates Educational Trust Foundation. Dr. King is often requested to share his expertise in the field of practice sales by lecturing at veterinary conferences on both the national and state levels.

Simmons MidWest

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12554 Tanglewood Road
Audubon, MN 56511
P (877) 322-6465
F (866)694-6945

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Nikki NitzNikki Nitz, CPA, CMA

Inspiring and empowering, Nikki Nitz brings over 25 years of business consulting experience to her clients and all those she is in contact with. Her life purpose is to positively impact the world by empowering others and herself to generate inspired income and live an inspired life. She passionately inspires others to ethically increase their personal and professional value while she does the same herself.

Why does she do what she does? Because through her years of working with the veterinary profession, she sees the difficulty people have in understanding the business side of veterinary medicine. She has witnessed far too many practice owners who pour years of blood, sweat, and tears into their businesses only to find that when they are ready to sell, they don’t own a valuable business.

Nikki is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Management Accountant. Having started a veterinary practice and working in the trenches of that practice, Nikki realized her passion was to help more veterinary business owners achieve their financial and lifestyle goals. She founded The Veterinary Business Expert™ to fulfill this passion.

The mission of The Veterinary Business Expert™ is to be the leader in providing education and inspiration to veterinarians, veterinary students, and veterinary staff so that they can build practice value, increase their personal wealth, and live their ultimate lifestyle.

Aligning with her passion to help others be successful entrepreneurs and live the lifestyle they desire, Nikki purchased Simmons & Associates Northwest in 2011 and recently purchased Simmons & Associates Midwest. Simmons & Associates Inc. is an international veterinary brokerage and appraisal firm represented by thirteen territories. Simmons helps veterinary practice owners understand the value of their investment through practice appraisals. No individual or firm has helped more veterinarians achieve their dreams of buying their own practice or reaping the rewards of their efforts by offering their veterinary practice for sale. Simmons is the world leader in veterinary practice sales and purchases.

Nikki focuses on proven methods to allow her clients to achieve their business and lifestyle goals. She combines her business education with her experience of owning a veterinary practice to help others start, purchase, grow, and sell veterinary practices. Her passion does not end with business. Through her commitment to helping people live their ultimate lifestyle, Nikki invested in becoming a graduate of Jack Canfield’s Train the Trainer™ program qualifying her to teach The Success Principles™. She empowers others to live the life they desire through her High Achievers Coaching Program™.

As an international best-selling author and frequent national and international speaker, she is eager to share her expertise.

Simmons Southwest

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11737 Twenty Six Mile Rd
Oakdale, CA 95361
P (209) 845-2088
F (305) 675-6183 or (209) 845-2087

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Dardalee Bussell, DVM

From expertise in practice valuations to real estate, Dr. Dardalee Bussell can help guide your decisions when buying or selling a veterinary practice. She has business and real-estate education in investment strategies, appraisals, business practices, law, finance, and property management.

She holds real-estate licenses in several states and veterinary licenses in California, Montana, Colorado, and Wyoming. Dr. Bussell earned her doctorate in veterinary medicine with honors from Colorado State University and continues to practice small animal medicine part-time.

Byron Farquer, DVM, CVA

With a portfolio of experience that includes hospital ownership, business and real-estate education, and academic honors, Dr. Farquer offers insightful advice to clients who are buying or selling practices. He has received training in accounting, business practices, appraisals, business assessment, and corporate management.

Dr. Farquer holds veterinary licenses in California, Montana, Colorado, and Wyoming, as well as real-estate licenses in multiple states. Graduating with a doctorate in veterinary medicine with honors from Colorado State University, Dr. Farquer also was a Boettcher Scholar. He has completed advanced research projects in equine orthopedics, an externship in equine surgery and medicine, and academic program development in swine production medicine and bovine herd health analysis.

Dr. Farquer frequently lectures at veterinary conferences, is a charter member of the Association of Veterinary Practice Management Consultants and Advisors, and belongs to several veterinary associations. He continues his business education with training from the American Society of Appraisers and Institute of Business Appraisers.

Simmons Northeast

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Headquarters and New England Office
38 Clearwater Drive
PO Box 882
Raymond, ME 04071
P: (800) 474-4775
F: (800) 474-4775

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New York
122 Trowbridge 2R
Cambridge, MA 02138
P: (800) 474-4775
F: (800) 474-4775

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Jim StephensonJim Stephenson, DVM, CBA

Jim has been doing practice valuations and sales since 1993. He performs appraisals exclusively for veterinary practices on a regular basis for the purpose of fair market sales, internal sales, divorce, litigation, and estate settlements. His appraisal activity is both primary in purpose and also as an adjunct to his brokerage activities in veterinary practice sales. He is a member of the Institute of Business Appraisers, having been awarded their highly regarded credential of Certified Business Appraiser and is co-author and speaker on valuation and sales matters within the veterinary profession.

After graduating from Purdue in 1979, he opened and operated two veterinary practices in New England. He currently resides in southern Maine devoting his full-time attention to the customers, clients and his colleagues in the operations of Simmons Northeast. Jim received his brokerage and appraisal training from Simmons and the Institute of Business Appraisers. He is a charter member of VetPartners, where he enjoys frequent collaboration among the best in the industry, as Co-Chair of the VetPartners Valuation Council.

Licensed or affiliated to serve you competently, ethically, and legally in New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York and Connecticut.

Joe StephensonJoe Stephenson, MA

Located in New York, Joe is the sales manager for the New York office of Simmons Northeast. Since 2010, he has been doing practice sales and developing appraisals for Simmons Northeast, with a specific focus on serving veterinarians in New York State. Growing up in veterinary clinics as the son of a veterinarian and practice owner, he has developed personal interest in the success of veterinary business owners. As a master of philosophy he contributes a high level of analytical rigor to the appraisal and practice transition process. He is a member of the New York Association of Business Brokers, International Business Brokers Association and is an Licensed Real Estate Broker in New York. Located in the heart of the Hudson Valley, the success of Joe’s approach as a broker comes from applying the expertise and experience of Simmons with the type of personal, responsive touch in New York that only a local broker could.

In addition to his experience in appraisals and practice transitions, Joe actively speaks at New York State veterinary venues on exit strategy planning, maximizing practice profitability, and other significant topics related to practice sales and purchases.

Simmons Mid-Atlantic

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203A East Main Street
Boalsburg, PA 16827
P (888) 881-7084 or (814) 466 7084
F (866) 929-9557

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Larry McCormickLarry McCormick, DVM, MBA, CBA

Dr. McCormick practiced small animal medicine and surgery following graduation from Iowa State University in 1967. He owned two AAHA accredited small animal veterinary practices in State College, Pennsylvania. He completed his MBA at Penn State University in 1996. In 1998, he joined in partnership with Dr. Jim Wilson forming the veterinary practice management firm, Priority Veterinary Management Consultants. In 2003, he separated from PVMC and began operating The McCormick Consultant Group and Simmons Mid-Atlantic with his partner and son, David F. McCormick.

Dr. McCormick is an experienced appraiser of veterinary practices. He is accredited as a Certified Business Appraiser by the Institute of Business Appraisers. Dr. McCormick has performed numerous valuation appraisals of veterinary practices and he serves as an expert witness for legal cases involving veterinary practice valuation. He has also been involved in numerous lectures, conference workshops and consultations involving both veterinary management and valuation issues. He is a Charter Member of VetPartners and is the past Chair of the VetPartners Valuation Resource Council. In 2008, he received the Distinguished Life Member award from VetPartners in recognition of his service to the profession in veterinary practice valuation.

David McCormickDavid F. McCormick, MS, CVA

David McCormick is an experienced veterinary practice appraiser and practice management consultant who specializes in exit planning and facilitating successful practice transactions. He is a member of the Institute of Business Appraisers, the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts and a Charter Member of VetPartners, (formerly the Association of Veterinary Practice Management Consultants and Advisors). He has served as the President (2006) and Secretary (2001-2003), and is currently the Chair of the Nominations Committee and he serves on the VetPartners Valuation Council.

As a speaker/teacher, David has presented at the AVMA, NAVC and WVC meetings and the Southern European Veterinary Conference as well as many other regional and state veterinary management association conferences. He is a member of the American Animal Hospital Association’s faculty team teaching their Veterinary Management School, Level 1. He is the practice management program coordinator for the Western Veterinary Conference 2011- 2017 meetings. He held a similar position for the AVMA’s 2003-2007 National Conventions.

Sherry EverhartSherry L. Everhart, BS, CVT

Sherry Everhart joined the Simmons Mid Atlantic team in 2008 as a practice appraiser and management consultant. Starting her career as a technician in 1987, she has over 20 years experience in the veterinary field. She has experience in all aspects of practice management including budgeting and financial analysis, inventory management, strategizing for growth and personnel management. Most recently she was the Hospital Administrator of a corporate owned, full-service, AAHA accredited small animal veterinary hospital. Under her management, she successfully guided the practice through numerous AAHA accreditation renewals and in 2005 earned NVA’s President’s Award for financial performance and outstanding quality medical care.

Sherry earned her B.S. in Accounting from Penn State University in June 2006 with emphasis in corporate financial management and graduating with highest distinction. She earned her A.S. in Veterinary Technology from Harcum College in 1986. She is a member of the Institute of Business Appraisers, the Veterinary Hospital Management Association, the National Collegiate of Scholars and the Golden Key National Honor Society.

Miki Benner, Larry McCormick, DVM, MBA, David McCormick, MS, Sherry L. Everhart, BS, CVT

Simmons Southwest

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11737 Twenty Six Mile Rd
Oakdale, CA 95361
P (209) 845-2088
F (305) 675-6183 or (209) 845-2087

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Dardalee Bussell, DVM

From expertise in practice valuations to real estate, Dr. Dardalee Bussell can help guide your decisions when buying or selling a veterinary practice. She has business and real-estate education in investment strategies, appraisals, business practices, law, finance, and property management.

She holds real-estate licenses in several states and veterinary licenses in California, Montana, Colorado, and Wyoming. Dr. Bussell earned her doctorate in veterinary medicine with honors from Colorado State University and continues to practice small animal medicine part-time.

Byron Farquer, DVM, CVA

With a portfolio of experience that includes hospital ownership, business and real-estate education, and academic honors, Dr. Farquer offers insightful advice to clients who are buying or selling practices. He has received training in accounting, business practices, appraisals, business assessment, and corporate management.

Dr. Farquer holds veterinary licenses in California, Montana, Colorado, and Wyoming, as well as real-estate licenses in multiple states. Graduating with a doctorate in veterinary medicine with honors from Colorado State University, Dr. Farquer also was a Boettcher Scholar. He has completed advanced research projects in equine orthopedics, an externship in equine surgery and medicine, and academic program development in swine production medicine and bovine herd health analysis.

Dr. Farquer frequently lectures at veterinary conferences, is a charter member of the Association of Veterinary Practice Management Consultants and Advisors, and belongs to several veterinary associations. He continues his business education with training from the American Society of Appraisers and Institute of Business Appraisers.

Simmons Northeast

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Headquarters and New England Office
38 Clearwater Drive
PO Box 882
Raymond, ME 04071
P: (800) 474-4775
F: (800) 474-4775

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New York
122 Trowbridge 2R
Cambridge, MA 02138
P: (800) 474-4775
F: (800) 474-4775

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Jim StephensonJim Stephenson, DVM, CBA

Jim has been doing practice valuations and sales since 1993. He performs appraisals exclusively for veterinary practices on a regular basis for the purpose of fair market sales, internal sales, divorce, litigation, and estate settlements. His appraisal activity is both primary in purpose and also as an adjunct to his brokerage activities in veterinary practice sales. He is a member of the Institute of Business Appraisers, having been awarded their highly regarded credential of Certified Business Appraiser and is co-author and speaker on valuation and sales matters within the veterinary profession.

After graduating from Purdue in 1979, he opened and operated two veterinary practices in New England. He currently resides in southern Maine devoting his full-time attention to the customers, clients and his colleagues in the operations of Simmons Northeast. Jim received his brokerage and appraisal training from Simmons and the Institute of Business Appraisers. He is a charter member of VetPartners, where he enjoys frequent collaboration among the best in the industry, as Co-Chair of the VetPartners Valuation Council.

Licensed or affiliated to serve you competently, ethically, and legally in New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York and Connecticut.

Joe StephensonJoe Stephenson, MA

Located in New York, Joe is the sales manager for the New York office of Simmons Northeast. Since 2010, he has been doing practice sales and developing appraisals for Simmons Northeast, with a specific focus on serving veterinarians in New York State. Growing up in veterinary clinics as the son of a veterinarian and practice owner, he has developed personal interest in the success of veterinary business owners. As a master of philosophy he contributes a high level of analytical rigor to the appraisal and practice transition process. He is a member of the New York Association of Business Brokers, International Business Brokers Association and is an Licensed Real Estate Broker in New York. Located in the heart of the Hudson Valley, the success of Joe’s approach as a broker comes from applying the expertise and experience of Simmons with the type of personal, responsive touch in New York that only a local broker could.

In addition to his experience in appraisals and practice transitions, Joe actively speaks at New York State veterinary venues on exit strategy planning, maximizing practice profitability, and other significant topics related to practice sales and purchases.

Simmons Southeast

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1610-A Frederica Road
St. Simons Island, GA 31522
P (800) 333-1984 or (912) 638-6578
F (912) 634-0768

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Doyle WatsonDoyle Watson, DVM President and CEO

Dr. Doyle Watson provides the vision and leadership for Simmons & Associates’ corporate office and operates our Southeast regional office. He is well respected among veterinary colleagues as an expert in appraisal and brokerage. Dr. Watson earned his doctorate in veterinary medicine from the University of Georgia and established two small animal practices in Georgia.

In 1985, he purchased half interest in Simmons & Associates and established and managed our East Coast office. Dr. Watson later fully acquired Simmons & Associates nationwide in 1990 and set up our regional network of 10 offices to serve veterinarians coast to coast.

To share the latest clinical and management information with our profession, Dr. Watson founded Veterinary Forum, a national veterinary journal. After leading the publication as its president and CEO, he sold the journal in 1996. Dr. Watson is a licensed real-estate broker in seven Southeastern states and a licensed veterinarian in Georgia and Florida. In addition to veterinary association memberships, Dr. Watson belongs to the American Society of Appraisers and Institute of Business Appraisers. He lectures on veterinary practice sales and valuations nationwide.

Dr. Watson prides himself in the assemblage of a professional, talented, multi-functional staff and is confident in their ability to perform every function and service we provide. His primary job is initial contact with prospective sellers and personally performing each practice appraisal to ensure an accurate value, price (which may often be different figures), and terms of financing. Additionally he is in direct contact with every buyer who has visited a practice and expresses an interest in pursuit of ownership. He spends hours over the telephone, detailing the precise methodology on his appraisal process and how he arrived at the value or price. In that discussion he also details the various terms available and what the buyer can expect as personal income after all expenses have been made.

Although you will find him often with a sense of humor, most often you will appreciate the sound business advice and unofficial tax and legal advice he offers in all aspects of the business of contract creation, practice sale, purchase, ownership, and management.

Sheila CollinsSheila Collins-Office Manager

Having worked with Simmons Southeast for 12+ years, Sheila prides herself in multi-tasking in all facets of our services. She is very knowledgeable and experienced in the industry. One very important function is to dovetail with Dr. Watson in contract negotiations. However, her most challenging function comes into play at the point of contract, getting financing together and orchestrating all closing details amongst both parties, their professional advisers and the lender all the way to the closing table. Unpredictable, unique and apparently insurmountable challenges surface with almost every transaction. She is the ramrod, foreman and problem solver and is great at it. For this reason, we just do not lose our contracts once made. Sheila also manages the day-to-day structure and operations of the Southeast office. If anyone needs assistance, Sheila is the helper.

Sheila is very business oriented and knowledgeable yet buoyant, personable and approachable. Married with two sons and a daughter-in-law, she enjoys family time. She spends her free time in her church, entertaining family and friends, and traveling in the family’s motorhome (especially to Athens for football games and to their 2nd home in the Blue Ridge Mountains). Regardless of which service we are providing you, Sheila is in the mix; you will get to know her very well.

Carly WatsonCarly Watson-Marketing Director

With a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from Stetson University, Carly prides herself in quality and professionalism of the presentation of our image to you. This includes all our marketing programs, goodwill projects, speaking events and advertising. No matter what service you are looking for, the advertisements or promotions you see originate with her. Although you may not be in contact with Carly often, she is busy in the background ensuring that you notice our company and its value to your goals.

Carly was born and raised on St. Simons Island. After college, she lived in Breckenridge, CO and worked in vacation rentals and property management. She quickly discovered that she has to have the beach in her life, so moved home in 2010. Her time out of the office is spent traveling, riding her bike or running, cooking, and with her family and friends. She also enjoys entertaining guests and of course, frequenting the beach. Carly considers herself very business oriented, understanding of others’ issues and needs, and attentive to detail thus ensures that the Simmons image is perfection.

Simmons MidWest

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12554 Tanglewood Road
Audubon, MN 56511
P (877) 322-6465
F (866)694-6945

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Nikki NitzNikki Nitz, CPA, CMA

Inspiring and empowering, Nikki Nitz brings over 25 years of business consulting experience to her clients and all those she is in contact with. Her life purpose is to positively impact the world by empowering others and herself to generate inspired income and live an inspired life. She passionately inspires others to ethically increase their personal and professional value while she does the same herself.

Why does she do what she does? Because through her years of working with the veterinary profession, she sees the difficulty people have in understanding the business side of veterinary medicine. She has witnessed far too many practice owners who pour years of blood, sweat, and tears into their businesses only to find that when they are ready to sell, they don’t own a valuable business.

Nikki is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Management Accountant. Having started a veterinary practice and working in the trenches of that practice, Nikki realized her passion was to help more veterinary business owners achieve their financial and lifestyle goals. She founded The Veterinary Business Expert™ to fulfill this passion.

The mission of The Veterinary Business Expert™ is to be the leader in providing education and inspiration to veterinarians, veterinary students, and veterinary staff so that they can build practice value, increase their personal wealth, and live their ultimate lifestyle.

Aligning with her passion to help others be successful entrepreneurs and live the lifestyle they desire, Nikki purchased Simmons & Associates Northwest in 2011 and recently purchased Simmons & Associates Midwest. Simmons & Associates Inc. is an international veterinary brokerage and appraisal firm represented by thirteen territories. Simmons helps veterinary practice owners understand the value of their investment through practice appraisals. No individual or firm has helped more veterinarians achieve their dreams of buying their own practice or reaping the rewards of their efforts by offering their veterinary practice for sale. Simmons is the world leader in veterinary practice sales and purchases.

Nikki focuses on proven methods to allow her clients to achieve their business and lifestyle goals. She combines her business education with her experience of owning a veterinary practice to help others start, purchase, grow, and sell veterinary practices. Her passion does not end with business. Through her commitment to helping people live their ultimate lifestyle, Nikki invested in becoming a graduate of Jack Canfield’s Train the Trainer™ program qualifying her to teach The Success Principles™. She empowers others to live the life they desire through her High Achievers Coaching Program™.

As an international best-selling author and frequent national and international speaker, she is eager to share her expertise.

Simmons Great Lakes

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Dick Goebel, DVM
5889 Richey Park Lane
Monticello, IN 47960
P: (888)746-3717

Admin Office - McCormick, Everhart
203A East Main Street
Boalsburg, PA 16827
P: (814)466-7171
F: (866)929-9557

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Dick GoebelDick Goebel, DVM

Dick Goebel has provided an opinion of value for more than 300 practices for the purpose of establishing a basis for pricing, to determine value as an asset in divorce proceedings, to assess opportunities for greater practice efficiency and profitability, and to determine the practice assets contribution to owner net worth. He has testified as an expert witness on practice valuation in multiple states.

In 2010, he passed the certification requirements to become accredited by the Institute of Business Appraisers (AIBA). He receives continuing education from the Consultants Training Institute, the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts, and the Institute of Business Appraisers. He is a licensed real-estate broker in Indiana.

Our profession has honored Dr. Goebel with service awards from AAHA, Southern California Veterinary Medical Association, Indiana Veterinary Medical Association, and Purdue University. He was recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus of the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Goebel has published articles in JAVMA, Veterinary Economics, and AAHA Trends. He earned his doctorate in veterinary medicine from Purdue University and completed coursework in the Veterinary Management Institute.

David McCormickDavid F. McCormick, MS, CVA

David McCormick is an experienced veterinary practice appraiser and practice management consultant who specializes in exit planning and facilitating successful practice transactions. He is a member of the Institute of Business Appraisers, the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts and a Charter Member of VetPartners, (formerly the Association of Veterinary Practice Management Consultants and Advisors). He has served as the President (2006) and Secretary (2001-2003), and is currently the Chair of the Nominations Committee and he serves on the VetPartners Valuation Council.

As a speaker/teacher, David has presented at the AVMA, NAVC and WVC meetings and the Southern European Veterinary Conference as well as many other regional and state veterinary management association conferences. He is a member of the American Animal Hospital Association’s faculty team teaching their Veterinary Management School, Level 1. He is the practice management program coordinator for the Western Veterinary Conference 2011- 2017 meetings. He held a similar position for the AVMA’s 2003-2007 National Conventions.

Sherry EverhartSherry L. Everhart, BS, CVT

Sherry Everhart joined the Simmons Mid Atlantic team in 2008 as a practice appraiser and management consultant. Starting her career as a technician in 1987, she has over 20 years experience in the veterinary field. She has experience in all aspects of practice management including budgeting and financial analysis, inventory management, strategizing for growth and personnel management. Most recently she was the Hospital Administrator of a corporate owned, full-service, AAHA accredited small animal veterinary hospital. Under her management, she successfully guided the practice through numerous AAHA accreditation renewals and in 2005 earned NVA’s President’s Award for financial performance and outstanding quality medical care.

Sherry earned her B.S. in Accounting from Penn State University in June 2006 with emphasis in corporate financial management and graduating with highest distinction. She earned her A.S. in Veterinary Technology from Harcum College in 1986. She is a member of the Institute of Business Appraisers, the Veterinary Hospital Management Association, the National Collegiate of Scholars and the Golden Key National Honor Society.

Simmons SouthCentral

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9084 FM 2451
Scurry, TX 75158
P (800) 982-8033 or (972) 486-3993
F (972) 486-3501

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David KingDavid F. King, DVM, CVA

As an owner of two veterinary hospitals and a working ranch, Dr. David King understands the success factors necessary to operate thriving businesses. He founded Crossroads Pet Hospital, Golden Opportunity Veterinary Rescue Organization, and Bar King Ranch. He also co-founded the North Texas Pet Emergency Clinic in Carrollton, Texas. Crossroads Pet Hospital won dual national awards, honored by Veterinary Economics with Hospital Design and Practice of Excellence Awards.

A graduate of Texas A&M University, Dr. King earned his doctorate in veterinary medicine in 1987. He is a licensed veterinarian and real-estate broker in Texas. In addition to veterinary association memberships, Dr. King is a charter member of Vet Partners (formerly the Association of Veterinary Practice Management Consultants & Advisors) and serves as a Trustee for our Simmons Educational Trust (SEF). He is a member of the National Association of Credited Valuation Analysts and has received the advanced designation of Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA). Dr. King is often requested to share his expertise in the field of practice sales by lecturing at veterinary conferences on both the national and state levels.

Stacy CadieuxStacy Cadieux, CBI

Stacy has been instrumental in helping Simmons & Associates earn the distinction of the most recognized name in veterinary practice brokerage services. She oversees all national marketing efforts including planning, design, website development, print advertising and social media. Having worked with businesses of all sizes; small to the largest Fortune 500, Stacy is comfortable in most any business setting.

Working with Dr. King in the Southcentral territory, Stacy builds harmonious buyer/seller working relationships. She has extensive experience in business negotiating and will work hard for both buyers and sellers to make sure the journey to the closing table is as smooth as possible. She knows that for most veterinarians, the sale or purchase of a veterinary practice will be one of the most important financial decisions they will make in their career. Stacy works to distinguish herself by providing the highest level of ethical business services and professionalism to each of her clients. Stacy is a licensed real estate agent in Texas and a member of the International Business Brokers Association. With her experience in sales, marketing, and business, Stacy brings a wide range of knowledge and expertise to the Simmons Southcentral office.

Simmons Northwest

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12554 Tanglewood Road
Audubon, MN 56511
P (208) 664-3100
F (866) 694-6945

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Nikki NitzNikki Nitz, CPA, CMA

Inspiring and empowering, Nikki Nitz brings over 25 years of business consulting experience to her clients and all those she is in contact with. Her life purpose is to positively impact the world by empowering others and herself to generate inspired income and live an inspired life. She passionately inspires others to ethically increase their personal and professional value while she does the same herself.

Why does she do what she does? Because through her years of working with the veterinary profession, she sees the difficulty people have in understanding the business side of veterinary medicine. She has witnessed far too many practice owners who pour years of blood, sweat, and tears into their businesses only to find that when they are ready to sell, they don’t own a valuable business.

Nikki is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Management Accountant. Having started a veterinary practice and working in the trenches of that practice, Nikki realized her passion was to help more veterinary business owners achieve their financial and lifestyle goals. She founded The Veterinary Business Expert™ to fulfill this passion.

The mission of The Veterinary Business Expert™ is to be the leader in providing education and inspiration to veterinarians, veterinary students, and veterinary staff so that they can build practice value, increase their personal wealth, and live their ultimate lifestyle.

Aligning with her passion to help others be successful entrepreneurs and live the lifestyle they desire, Nikki purchased Simmons & Associates Northwest in 2011 and recently purchased Simmons & Associates Midwest. Simmons & Associates Inc. is an international veterinary brokerage and appraisal firm represented by thirteen territories. Simmons helps veterinary practice owners understand the value of their investment through practice appraisals. No individual or firm has helped more veterinarians achieve their dreams of buying their own practice or reaping the rewards of their efforts by offering their veterinary practice for sale. Simmons is the world leader in veterinary practice sales and purchases.

Nikki focuses on proven methods to allow her clients to achieve their business and lifestyle goals. She combines her business education with her experience of owning a veterinary practice to help others start, purchase, grow, and sell veterinary practices. Her passion does not end with business. Through her commitment to helping people live their ultimate lifestyle, Nikki invested in becoming a graduate of Jack Canfield’s Train the Trainer™ program qualifying her to teach The Success Principles™. She empowers others to live the life they desire through her High Achievers Coaching Program™.

As an international best-selling author and frequent national and international speaker, she is eager to share her expertise.

Simmons Mid-Atlantic

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203A East Main Street
Boalsburg, PA 16827
P (888) 881-7084 or (814) 466 7084
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Larry McCormickLarry McCormick, DVM, MBA, CBA

Dr. McCormick practiced small animal medicine and surgery following graduation from Iowa State University in 1967. He owned two AAHA accredited small animal veterinary practices in State College, Pennsylvania. He completed his MBA at Penn State University in 1996. In 1998, he joined in partnership with Dr. Jim Wilson forming the veterinary practice management firm, Priority Veterinary Management Consultants. In 2003, he separated from PVMC and began operating The McCormick Consultant Group and Simmons Mid-Atlantic with his partner and son, David F. McCormick.

Dr. McCormick is an experienced appraiser of veterinary practices. He is accredited as a Certified Business Appraiser by the Institute of Business Appraisers. Dr. McCormick has performed numerous valuation appraisals of veterinary practices and he serves as an expert witness for legal cases involving veterinary practice valuation. He has also been involved in numerous lectures, conference workshops and consultations involving both veterinary management and valuation issues. He is a Charter Member of VetPartners and is the past Chair of the VetPartners Valuation Resource Council. In 2008, he received the Distinguished Life Member award from VetPartners in recognition of his service to the profession in veterinary practice valuation.

David McCormickDavid F. McCormick, MS, CVA

David McCormick is an experienced veterinary practice appraiser and practice management consultant who specializes in exit planning and facilitating successful practice transactions. He is a member of the Institute of Business Appraisers, the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts and a Charter Member of VetPartners, (formerly the Association of Veterinary Practice Management Consultants and Advisors). He has served as the President (2006) and Secretary (2001-2003), and is currently the Chair of the Nominations Committee and he serves on the VetPartners Valuation Council.

As a speaker/teacher, David has presented at the AVMA, NAVC and WVC meetings and the Southern European Veterinary Conference as well as many other regional and state veterinary management association conferences. He is a member of the American Animal Hospital Association’s faculty team teaching their Veterinary Management School, Level 1. He is the practice management program coordinator for the Western Veterinary Conference 2011- 2017 meetings. He held a similar position for the AVMA’s 2003-2007 National Conventions.

Sherry EverhartSherry L. Everhart, BS, CVT

Sherry Everhart joined the Simmons Mid Atlantic team in 2008 as a practice appraiser and management consultant. Starting her career as a technician in 1987, she has over 20 years experience in the veterinary field. She has experience in all aspects of practice management including budgeting and financial analysis, inventory management, strategizing for growth and personnel management. Most recently she was the Hospital Administrator of a corporate owned, full-service, AAHA accredited small animal veterinary hospital. Under her management, she successfully guided the practice through numerous AAHA accreditation renewals and in 2005 earned NVA’s President’s Award for financial performance and outstanding quality medical care.

Sherry earned her B.S. in Accounting from Penn State University in June 2006 with emphasis in corporate financial management and graduating with highest distinction. She earned her A.S. in Veterinary Technology from Harcum College in 1986. She is a member of the Institute of Business Appraisers, the Veterinary Hospital Management Association, the National Collegiate of Scholars and the Golden Key National Honor Society.

Miki Benner, Larry McCormick, DVM, MBA, David McCormick, MS, Sherry L. Everhart, BS, CVT

Simmons Northeast

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Headquarters and New England Office
38 Clearwater Drive
PO Box 882
Raymond, ME 04071
P: (800) 474-4775
F: (800) 474-4775

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New York
122 Trowbridge 2R
Cambridge, MA 02138
P: (800) 474-4775
F: (800) 474-4775

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Jim StephensonJim Stephenson, DVM, CBA

Jim has been doing practice valuations and sales since 1993. He performs appraisals exclusively for veterinary practices on a regular basis for the purpose of fair market sales, internal sales, divorce, litigation, and estate settlements. His appraisal activity is both primary in purpose and also as an adjunct to his brokerage activities in veterinary practice sales. He is a member of the Institute of Business Appraisers, having been awarded their highly regarded credential of Certified Business Appraiser and is co-author and speaker on valuation and sales matters within the veterinary profession.

After graduating from Purdue in 1979, he opened and operated two veterinary practices in New England. He currently resides in southern Maine devoting his full-time attention to the customers, clients and his colleagues in the operations of Simmons Northeast. Jim received his brokerage and appraisal training from Simmons and the Institute of Business Appraisers. He is a charter member of VetPartners, where he enjoys frequent collaboration among the best in the industry, as Co-Chair of the VetPartners Valuation Council.

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Joe StephensonJoe Stephenson, MA

Located in New York, Joe is the sales manager for the New York office of Simmons Northeast. Since 2010, he has been doing practice sales and developing appraisals for Simmons Northeast, with a specific focus on serving veterinarians in New York State. Growing up in veterinary clinics as the son of a veterinarian and practice owner, he has developed personal interest in the success of veterinary business owners. As a master of philosophy he contributes a high level of analytical rigor to the appraisal and practice transition process. He is a member of the New York Association of Business Brokers, International Business Brokers Association and is an Licensed Real Estate Broker in New York. Located in the heart of the Hudson Valley, the success of Joe’s approach as a broker comes from applying the expertise and experience of Simmons with the type of personal, responsive touch in New York that only a local broker could.

In addition to his experience in appraisals and practice transitions, Joe actively speaks at New York State veterinary venues on exit strategy planning, maximizing practice profitability, and other significant topics related to practice sales and purchases.

Simmons Southeast

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1610-A Frederica Road
St. Simons Island, GA 31522
P (800) 333-1984 or (912) 638-6578
F (912) 634-0768

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Doyle WatsonDoyle Watson, DVM President and CEO

Dr. Doyle Watson provides the vision and leadership for Simmons & Associates’ corporate office and operates our Southeast regional office. He is well respected among veterinary colleagues as an expert in appraisal and brokerage. Dr. Watson earned his doctorate in veterinary medicine from the University of Georgia and established two small animal practices in Georgia.

In 1985, he purchased half interest in Simmons & Associates and established and managed our East Coast office. Dr. Watson later fully acquired Simmons & Associates nationwide in 1990 and set up our regional network of 10 offices to serve veterinarians coast to coast.

To share the latest clinical and management information with our profession, Dr. Watson founded Veterinary Forum, a national veterinary journal. After leading the publication as its president and CEO, he sold the journal in 1996. Dr. Watson is a licensed real-estate broker in seven Southeastern states and a licensed veterinarian in Georgia and Florida. In addition to veterinary association memberships, Dr. Watson belongs to the American Society of Appraisers and Institute of Business Appraisers. He lectures on veterinary practice sales and valuations nationwide.

Dr. Watson prides himself in the assemblage of a professional, talented, multi-functional staff and is confident in their ability to perform every function and service we provide. His primary job is initial contact with prospective sellers and personally performing each practice appraisal to ensure an accurate value, price (which may often be different figures), and terms of financing. Additionally he is in direct contact with every buyer who has visited a practice and expresses an interest in pursuit of ownership. He spends hours over the telephone, detailing the precise methodology on his appraisal process and how he arrived at the value or price. In that discussion he also details the various terms available and what the buyer can expect as personal income after all expenses have been made.

Although you will find him often with a sense of humor, most often you will appreciate the sound business advice and unofficial tax and legal advice he offers in all aspects of the business of contract creation, practice sale, purchase, ownership, and management.

Sheila CollinsSheila Collins-Office Manager

Having worked with Simmons Southeast for 12+ years, Sheila prides herself in multi-tasking in all facets of our services. She is very knowledgeable and experienced in the industry. One very important function is to dovetail with Dr. Watson in contract negotiations. However, her most challenging function comes into play at the point of contract, getting financing together and orchestrating all closing details amongst both parties, their professional advisers and the lender all the way to the closing table. Unpredictable, unique and apparently insurmountable challenges surface with almost every transaction. She is the ramrod, foreman and problem solver and is great at it. For this reason, we just do not lose our contracts once made. Sheila also manages the day-to-day structure and operations of the Southeast office. If anyone needs assistance, Sheila is the helper.

Sheila is very business oriented and knowledgeable yet buoyant, personable and approachable. Married with two sons and a daughter-in-law, she enjoys family time. She spends her free time in her church, entertaining family and friends, and traveling in the family’s motorhome (especially to Athens for football games and to their 2nd home in the Blue Ridge Mountains). Regardless of which service we are providing you, Sheila is in the mix; you will get to know her very well.

Carly WatsonCarly Watson-Marketing Director

With a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from Stetson University, Carly prides herself in quality and professionalism of the presentation of our image to you. This includes all our marketing programs, goodwill projects, speaking events and advertising. No matter what service you are looking for, the advertisements or promotions you see originate with her. Although you may not be in contact with Carly often, she is busy in the background ensuring that you notice our company and its value to your goals.

Carly was born and raised on St. Simons Island. After college, she lived in Breckenridge, CO and worked in vacation rentals and property management. She quickly discovered that she has to have the beach in her life, so moved home in 2010. Her time out of the office is spent traveling, riding her bike or running, cooking, and with her family and friends. She also enjoys entertaining guests and of course, frequenting the beach. Carly considers herself very business oriented, understanding of others’ issues and needs, and attentive to detail thus ensures that the Simmons image is perfection.

Simmons MidWest

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12554 Tanglewood Road
Audubon, MN 56511
P (877) 322-6465
F (866)694-6945

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Nikki NitzNikki Nitz, CPA, CMA

Inspiring and empowering, Nikki Nitz brings over 25 years of business consulting experience to her clients and all those she is in contact with. Her life purpose is to positively impact the world by empowering others and herself to generate inspired income and live an inspired life. She passionately inspires others to ethically increase their personal and professional value while she does the same herself.

Why does she do what she does? Because through her years of working with the veterinary profession, she sees the difficulty people have in understanding the business side of veterinary medicine. She has witnessed far too many practice owners who pour years of blood, sweat, and tears into their businesses only to find that when they are ready to sell, they don’t own a valuable business.

Nikki is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Management Accountant. Having started a veterinary practice and working in the trenches of that practice, Nikki realized her passion was to help more veterinary business owners achieve their financial and lifestyle goals. She founded The Veterinary Business Expert™ to fulfill this passion.

The mission of The Veterinary Business Expert™ is to be the leader in providing education and inspiration to veterinarians, veterinary students, and veterinary staff so that they can build practice value, increase their personal wealth, and live their ultimate lifestyle.

Aligning with her passion to help others be successful entrepreneurs and live the lifestyle they desire, Nikki purchased Simmons & Associates Northwest in 2011 and recently purchased Simmons & Associates Midwest. Simmons & Associates Inc. is an international veterinary brokerage and appraisal firm represented by thirteen territories. Simmons helps veterinary practice owners understand the value of their investment through practice appraisals. No individual or firm has helped more veterinarians achieve their dreams of buying their own practice or reaping the rewards of their efforts by offering their veterinary practice for sale. Simmons is the world leader in veterinary practice sales and purchases.

Nikki focuses on proven methods to allow her clients to achieve their business and lifestyle goals. She combines her business education with her experience of owning a veterinary practice to help others start, purchase, grow, and sell veterinary practices. Her passion does not end with business. Through her commitment to helping people live their ultimate lifestyle, Nikki invested in becoming a graduate of Jack Canfield’s Train the Trainer™ program qualifying her to teach The Success Principles™. She empowers others to live the life they desire through her High Achievers Coaching Program™.

As an international best-selling author and frequent national and international speaker, she is eager to share her expertise.

Simmons MidSouth

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Simmons & Associates MidSouth, LLC
PO Box 16041
Huntsville, AL 35802
P: 256-650-8387
F: 256-885-0172

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Dr. Wilson W. McManus II, DVM CVPM
Real Estate Broker Licensed in Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee

Dr. Wilson McManus is pleased to represent Simmons & Associates MidSouth, serving veterinary professionals in Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. Dr. McManus offers a unique blend of veterinary practice ownership and business knowledge, along with a passion for veterinary medicine. As the previous owner of Valley Animal Hospital & Pet Resort, an AAHA accredited hospital, and active ownership interest in other hospitals, he understands first-hand the business and medical aspects of veterinary medicine.

The son of a practicing veterinarian, Dr. McManus earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal and Dairy Sciences from Auburn University and a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Auburn University in 1988. He is licensed to practice veterinary medicine in Alabama, Florida and Georgia. He earned his certification as a Certified Veterinary Practice Manager (CVPM) from the Veterinary Hospital Managers Association. Dr. McManus is a charter and current member of Veterinary Management Groups V in association with Veterinary Study Groups Inc. Through this ongoing association he has extensively studied the metrics and business principles that go into creating a top performing hospital. Dr. McManus also studied over a two-year period to become a graduate of the E-Myth Mastery Entrepreneurial Business Development Program.

Outside of veterinary medicine, Dr. McManus is a licensed real-estate broker in Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee, and has many years of experience in commercial real-estate investment and management. For eight years, with a local church, he started and operated an annual veterinary medical clinic in Honduras working with both large and small animals in remote villages. He lives in Huntsville, AL with his wife, three children and many pets.

Laura L. McManus
Real Estate Broker Licensed in Alabama

Laura is pleased to be working with Simmons & Associates MidSouth to diligently insure your satisfaction in all aspects of your venture, whether it is a business valuation or buying or selling your veterinary practice.

Laura holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Business from Birmingham-Southern College and a Master’s of Science in Management from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. She is also a licensed real estate broker.

Laura’s expertise lies in business valuation, real estate assessment, as well as demographic and marketing analysis. She began her career in international trade. While working on her master’s degree, she became involved in the telecommunications industry primarily in competitive and market analysis. After receiving her master’s degree she worked in several high-tech start-ups on the west coast. She moved back to Huntsville in 2002, and began working in veterinary business development.

Laura is very active in her community and has participated on the board of several local non-profit groups including Therapy Partners and Jones Valley Elementary PTA, as well as volunteering with several community non-profits. She lives in Huntsville with her husband, Wilson, their three children and many pets.

Kris Smith
Certified Veterinary Practice Manager

Kris is pleased to be working with Simmons & Associates MidSouth. As a Practice Manager with over 15 years’ experience, she understands the day to day operational & financial challenges of veterinary hospital management & ownership.

Kris holds a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and Business Administration from Seattle Pacific University. She is also a Certified Veterinary Practice Manager through the Veterinary Hospital Managers Association. Kris’s expertise lies in financial & operational management of veterinary hospitals. She began her career in accounting as an Assistant Hotel Controller with several national hotel companies in the Pacific Northwest. She relocated with her family to Huntsville in 1995 when her husband was transferred and began working in veterinary hospital management and practice development.

Kris is very active in her community & church and has served on the board of Farley Elementary PTA as well as women’s and children’s ministries with her church. She lives in Huntsville with her husband, Ken, her son and their pets.

Simmons SouthCentral

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9084 FM 2451
Scurry, TX 75158
P (800) 982-8033 or (972) 486-3993
F (972) 486-3501

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David KingDavid F. King, DVM, CVA

As an owner of two veterinary hospitals and a working ranch, Dr. David King understands the success factors necessary to operate thriving businesses. He founded Crossroads Pet Hospital, Golden Opportunity Veterinary Rescue Organization, and Bar King Ranch. He also co-founded the North Texas Pet Emergency Clinic in Carrollton, Texas. Crossroads Pet Hospital won dual national awards, honored by Veterinary Economics with Hospital Design and Practice of Excellence Awards.

A graduate of Texas A&M University, Dr. King earned his doctorate in veterinary medicine in 1987. He is a licensed veterinarian and real-estate broker in Texas. In addition to veterinary association memberships, Dr. King is a charter member of Vet Partners (formerly the Association of Veterinary Practice Management Consultants & Advisors) and serves as a Trustee for our Simmons Educational Trust (SEF). He is a member of the National Association of Credited Valuation Analysts and has received the advanced designation of Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA). Dr. King is often requested to share his expertise in the field of practice sales by lecturing at veterinary conferences on both the national and state levels.

Stacy CadieuxStacy Cadieux, CBI

Stacy has been instrumental in helping Simmons & Associates earn the distinction of the most recognized name in veterinary practice brokerage services. She oversees all national marketing efforts including planning, design, website development, print advertising and social media. Having worked with businesses of all sizes; small to the largest Fortune 500, Stacy is comfortable in most any business setting.

Working with Dr. King in the Southcentral territory, Stacy builds harmonious buyer/seller working relationships. She has extensive experience in business negotiating and will work hard for both buyers and sellers to make sure the journey to the closing table is as smooth as possible. She knows that for most veterinarians, the sale or purchase of a veterinary practice will be one of the most important financial decisions they will make in their career. Stacy works to distinguish herself by providing the highest level of ethical business services and professionalism to each of her clients. Stacy is a licensed real estate agent in Texas and a member of the International Business Brokers Association. With her experience in sales, marketing, and business, Stacy brings a wide range of knowledge and expertise to the Simmons Southcentral office.

Simmons Intermountain

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42129 Las Colinas Drive
Elizabeth, CO 80107
Elizabeth, CO
O: 800-982-8033
F: 800-787-4559

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Kathy_Morris_2012_smallKathryn Morris, CPA CVA

Kathy Morris is a Certified Public Accountant and an Associate Broker with the Colorado Division of Real Estate. She has been involved in ownership and operation of two successful veterinary hospitals in Colorado. In 1991, she helped purchase a practice through Simmons Intermountain and in 2004 that practice was sold with Simmons Intermountain facilitating the process. In 1998 she was part of a start-up mixed practice that was sold in 2002. Kathy also co-founded a regional small animal emergency practice and two real estate LLCs owning veterinary hospital facilities.

In addition to her efforts with Simmons Intermountain, Kathy works closely with veterinarians and their bookkeepers through her Bookkeeping for Veterinarians, LLC services and her partnership with Paul Gustafson, CPA in VetSOAP, LLC, Veterinarians' Source Of Accounting and Planning. Her efforts in helping veterinarians evaluate and understand practice financial performance help practice owners reach their goals and expectations for their practice sales and help buyers acquire practices that meet their needs.

David_King_2012_smallDavid F. King, DVM CVA

As an owner of two veterinary hospitals and a working ranch, Dr. David King understands the success factors necessary to operate thriving businesses. He founded Crossroads Pet Hospital, Golden Opportunity Veterinary Rescue Organization, and Bar King Ranch. He also co-founded the North Texas Pet Emergency Clinic in Carrollton, Texas. Crossroads Pet Hospital won dual national awards, honored by Veterinary Economics with Hospital Design and Practice of Excellence Awards. A graduate of Texas A&M University, Dr. King earned his doctorate in veterinary medicine in 1987. He is a licensed veterinarian and real-estate broker in Texas.

In addition to veterinary association memberships, Dr. King is a charter member of the Association of Veterinary Practice Management Consultants & Advisors and serves as a Trustee for our Simmons & Associates Educational Trust Foundation. Dr. King is often requested to share his expertise in the field of practice sales by lecturing at veterinary conferences on both the national and state levels.

Simmons Northeast

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Headquarters and New England Office
38 Clearwater Drive
PO Box 882
Raymond, ME 04071
P: (800) 474-4775
F: (800) 474-4775

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New York
122 Trowbridge 2R
Cambridge, MA 02138
P: (800) 474-4775
F: (800) 474-4775

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Jim StephensonJim Stephenson, DVM, CBA

Jim has been doing practice valuations and sales since 1993. He performs appraisals exclusively for veterinary practices on a regular basis for the purpose of fair market sales, internal sales, divorce, litigation, and estate settlements. His appraisal activity is both primary in purpose and also as an adjunct to his brokerage activities in veterinary practice sales. He is a member of the Institute of Business Appraisers, having been awarded their highly regarded credential of Certified Business Appraiser and is co-author and speaker on valuation and sales matters within the veterinary profession.

After graduating from Purdue in 1979, he opened and operated two veterinary practices in New England. He currently resides in southern Maine devoting his full-time attention to the customers, clients and his colleagues in the operations of Simmons Northeast. Jim received his brokerage and appraisal training from Simmons and the Institute of Business Appraisers. He is a charter member of VetPartners, where he enjoys frequent collaboration among the best in the industry, as Co-Chair of the VetPartners Valuation Council.

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Joe StephensonJoe Stephenson, MA

Located in New York, Joe is the sales manager for the New York office of Simmons Northeast. Since 2010, he has been doing practice sales and developing appraisals for Simmons Northeast, with a specific focus on serving veterinarians in New York State. Growing up in veterinary clinics as the son of a veterinarian and practice owner, he has developed personal interest in the success of veterinary business owners. As a master of philosophy he contributes a high level of analytical rigor to the appraisal and practice transition process. He is a member of the New York Association of Business Brokers, International Business Brokers Association and is an Licensed Real Estate Broker in New York. Located in the heart of the Hudson Valley, the success of Joe’s approach as a broker comes from applying the expertise and experience of Simmons with the type of personal, responsive touch in New York that only a local broker could.

In addition to his experience in appraisals and practice transitions, Joe actively speaks at New York State veterinary venues on exit strategy planning, maximizing practice profitability, and other significant topics related to practice sales and purchases.

Simmons Mid-Atlantic

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203A East Main Street
Boalsburg, PA 16827
P (888) 881-7084 or (814) 466 7084
F (866) 929-9557

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Larry McCormickLarry McCormick, DVM, MBA, CBA

Dr. McCormick practiced small animal medicine and surgery following graduation from Iowa State University in 1967. He owned two AAHA accredited small animal veterinary practices in State College, Pennsylvania. He completed his MBA at Penn State University in 1996. In 1998, he joined in partnership with Dr. Jim Wilson forming the veterinary practice management firm, Priority Veterinary Management Consultants. In 2003, he separated from PVMC and began operating The McCormick Consultant Group and Simmons Mid-Atlantic with his partner and son, David F. McCormick.

Dr. McCormick is an experienced appraiser of veterinary practices. He is accredited as a Certified Business Appraiser by the Institute of Business Appraisers. Dr. McCormick has performed numerous valuation appraisals of veterinary practices and he serves as an expert witness for legal cases involving veterinary practice valuation. He has also been involved in numerous lectures, conference workshops and consultations involving both veterinary management and valuation issues. He is a Charter Member of VetPartners and is the past Chair of the VetPartners Valuation Resource Council. In 2008, he received the Distinguished Life Member award from VetPartners in recognition of his service to the profession in veterinary practice valuation.

David McCormickDavid F. McCormick, MS, CVA

David McCormick is an experienced veterinary practice appraiser and practice management consultant who specializes in exit planning and facilitating successful practice transactions. He is a member of the Institute of Business Appraisers, the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts and a Charter Member of VetPartners, (formerly the Association of Veterinary Practice Management Consultants and Advisors). He has served as the President (2006) and Secretary (2001-2003), and is currently the Chair of the Nominations Committee and he serves on the VetPartners Valuation Council.

As a speaker/teacher, David has presented at the AVMA, NAVC and WVC meetings and the Southern European Veterinary Conference as well as many other regional and state veterinary management association conferences. He is a member of the American Animal Hospital Association’s faculty team teaching their Veterinary Management School, Level 1. He is the practice management program coordinator for the Western Veterinary Conference 2011- 2017 meetings. He held a similar position for the AVMA’s 2003-2007 National Conventions.

Sherry EverhartSherry L. Everhart, BS, CVT

Sherry Everhart joined the Simmons Mid Atlantic team in 2008 as a practice appraiser and management consultant. Starting her career as a technician in 1987, she has over 20 years experience in the veterinary field. She has experience in all aspects of practice management including budgeting and financial analysis, inventory management, strategizing for growth and personnel management. Most recently she was the Hospital Administrator of a corporate owned, full-service, AAHA accredited small animal veterinary hospital. Under her management, she successfully guided the practice through numerous AAHA accreditation renewals and in 2005 earned NVA’s President’s Award for financial performance and outstanding quality medical care.

Sherry earned her B.S. in Accounting from Penn State University in June 2006 with emphasis in corporate financial management and graduating with highest distinction. She earned her A.S. in Veterinary Technology from Harcum College in 1986. She is a member of the Institute of Business Appraisers, the Veterinary Hospital Management Association, the National Collegiate of Scholars and the Golden Key National Honor Society.

Miki Benner, Larry McCormick, DVM, MBA, David McCormick, MS, Sherry L. Everhart, BS, CVT

Simmons Northwest

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12554 Tanglewood Road
Audubon, MN 56511
P (208) 664-3100
F (866) 694-6945

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Nikki NitzNikki Nitz, CPA, CMA

Inspiring and empowering, Nikki Nitz brings over 25 years of business consulting experience to her clients and all those she is in contact with. Her life purpose is to positively impact the world by empowering others and herself to generate inspired income and live an inspired life. She passionately inspires others to ethically increase their personal and professional value while she does the same herself.

Why does she do what she does? Because through her years of working with the veterinary profession, she sees the difficulty people have in understanding the business side of veterinary medicine. She has witnessed far too many practice owners who pour years of blood, sweat, and tears into their businesses only to find that when they are ready to sell, they don’t own a valuable business.

Nikki is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Management Accountant. Having started a veterinary practice and working in the trenches of that practice, Nikki realized her passion was to help more veterinary business owners achieve their financial and lifestyle goals. She founded The Veterinary Business Expert™ to fulfill this passion.

The mission of The Veterinary Business Expert™ is to be the leader in providing education and inspiration to veterinarians, veterinary students, and veterinary staff so that they can build practice value, increase their personal wealth, and live their ultimate lifestyle.

Aligning with her passion to help others be successful entrepreneurs and live the lifestyle they desire, Nikki purchased Simmons & Associates Northwest in 2011 and recently purchased Simmons & Associates Midwest. Simmons & Associates Inc. is an international veterinary brokerage and appraisal firm represented by thirteen territories. Simmons helps veterinary practice owners understand the value of their investment through practice appraisals. No individual or firm has helped more veterinarians achieve their dreams of buying their own practice or reaping the rewards of their efforts by offering their veterinary practice for sale. Simmons is the world leader in veterinary practice sales and purchases.

Nikki focuses on proven methods to allow her clients to achieve their business and lifestyle goals. She combines her business education with her experience of owning a veterinary practice to help others start, purchase, grow, and sell veterinary practices. Her passion does not end with business. Through her commitment to helping people live their ultimate lifestyle, Nikki invested in becoming a graduate of Jack Canfield’s Train the Trainer™ program qualifying her to teach The Success Principles™. She empowers others to live the life they desire through her High Achievers Coaching Program™.

As an international best-selling author and frequent national and international speaker, she is eager to share her expertise.

Simmons Mid-Atlantic

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203A East Main Street
Boalsburg, PA 16827
P (888) 881-7084 or (814) 466 7084
F (866) 929-9557

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Larry McCormickLarry McCormick, DVM, MBA, CBA

Dr. McCormick practiced small animal medicine and surgery following graduation from Iowa State University in 1967. He owned two AAHA accredited small animal veterinary practices in State College, Pennsylvania. He completed his MBA at Penn State University in 1996. In 1998, he joined in partnership with Dr. Jim Wilson forming the veterinary practice management firm, Priority Veterinary Management Consultants. In 2003, he separated from PVMC and began operating The McCormick Consultant Group and Simmons Mid-Atlantic with his partner and son, David F. McCormick.

Dr. McCormick is an experienced appraiser of veterinary practices. He is accredited as a Certified Business Appraiser by the Institute of Business Appraisers. Dr. McCormick has performed numerous valuation appraisals of veterinary practices and he serves as an expert witness for legal cases involving veterinary practice valuation. He has also been involved in numerous lectures, conference workshops and consultations involving both veterinary management and valuation issues. He is a Charter Member of VetPartners and is the past Chair of the VetPartners Valuation Resource Council. In 2008, he received the Distinguished Life Member award from VetPartners in recognition of his service to the profession in veterinary practice valuation.

David McCormickDavid F. McCormick, MS, CVA

David McCormick is an experienced veterinary practice appraiser and practice management consultant who specializes in exit planning and facilitating successful practice transactions. He is a member of the Institute of Business Appraisers, the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts and a Charter Member of VetPartners, (formerly the Association of Veterinary Practice Management Consultants and Advisors). He has served as the President (2006) and Secretary (2001-2003), and is currently the Chair of the Nominations Committee and he serves on the VetPartners Valuation Council.

As a speaker/teacher, David has presented at the AVMA, NAVC and WVC meetings and the Southern European Veterinary Conference as well as many other regional and state veterinary management association conferences. He is a member of the American Animal Hospital Association’s faculty team teaching their Veterinary Management School, Level 1. He is the practice management program coordinator for the Western Veterinary Conference 2011- 2017 meetings. He held a similar position for the AVMA’s 2003-2007 National Conventions.

Sherry EverhartSherry L. Everhart, BS, CVT

Sherry Everhart joined the Simmons Mid Atlantic team in 2008 as a practice appraiser and management consultant. Starting her career as a technician in 1987, she has over 20 years experience in the veterinary field. She has experience in all aspects of practice management including budgeting and financial analysis, inventory management, strategizing for growth and personnel management. Most recently she was the Hospital Administrator of a corporate owned, full-service, AAHA accredited small animal veterinary hospital. Under her management, she successfully guided the practice through numerous AAHA accreditation renewals and in 2005 earned NVA’s President’s Award for financial performance and outstanding quality medical care.

Sherry earned her B.S. in Accounting from Penn State University in June 2006 with emphasis in corporate financial management and graduating with highest distinction. She earned her A.S. in Veterinary Technology from Harcum College in 1986. She is a member of the Institute of Business Appraisers, the Veterinary Hospital Management Association, the National Collegiate of Scholars and the Golden Key National Honor Society.

Miki Benner, Larry McCormick, DVM, MBA, David McCormick, MS, Sherry L. Everhart, BS, CVT

Simmons MidWest

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12554 Tanglewood Road
Audubon, MN 56511
P (877) 322-6465
F (866)694-6945

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Nikki NitzNikki Nitz, CPA, CMA

Inspiring and empowering, Nikki Nitz brings over 25 years of business consulting experience to her clients and all those she is in contact with. Her life purpose is to positively impact the world by empowering others and herself to generate inspired income and live an inspired life. She passionately inspires others to ethically increase their personal and professional value while she does the same herself.

Why does she do what she does? Because through her years of working with the veterinary profession, she sees the difficulty people have in understanding the business side of veterinary medicine. She has witnessed far too many practice owners who pour years of blood, sweat, and tears into their businesses only to find that when they are ready to sell, they don’t own a valuable business.

Nikki is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Management Accountant. Having started a veterinary practice and working in the trenches of that practice, Nikki realized her passion was to help more veterinary business owners achieve their financial and lifestyle goals. She founded The Veterinary Business Expert™ to fulfill this passion.

The mission of The Veterinary Business Expert™ is to be the leader in providing education and inspiration to veterinarians, veterinary students, and veterinary staff so that they can build practice value, increase their personal wealth, and live their ultimate lifestyle.

Aligning with her passion to help others be successful entrepreneurs and live the lifestyle they desire, Nikki purchased Simmons & Associates Northwest in 2011 and recently purchased Simmons & Associates Midwest. Simmons & Associates Inc. is an international veterinary brokerage and appraisal firm represented by thirteen territories. Simmons helps veterinary practice owners understand the value of their investment through practice appraisals. No individual or firm has helped more veterinarians achieve their dreams of buying their own practice or reaping the rewards of their efforts by offering their veterinary practice for sale. Simmons is the world leader in veterinary practice sales and purchases.

Nikki focuses on proven methods to allow her clients to achieve their business and lifestyle goals. She combines her business education with her experience of owning a veterinary practice to help others start, purchase, grow, and sell veterinary practices. Her passion does not end with business. Through her commitment to helping people live their ultimate lifestyle, Nikki invested in becoming a graduate of Jack Canfield’s Train the Trainer™ program qualifying her to teach The Success Principles™. She empowers others to live the life they desire through her High Achievers Coaching Program™.

As an international best-selling author and frequent national and international speaker, she is eager to share her expertise.

Simmons Intermountain

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42129 Las Colinas Drive
Elizabeth, CO 80107
Elizabeth, CO
O: 800-982-8033
F: 800-787-4559

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Kathy_Morris_2012_smallKathryn Morris, CPA CVA

Kathy Morris is a Certified Public Accountant and an Associate Broker with the Colorado Division of Real Estate. She has been involved in ownership and operation of two successful veterinary hospitals in Colorado. In 1991, she helped purchase a practice through Simmons Intermountain and in 2004 that practice was sold with Simmons Intermountain facilitating the process. In 1998 she was part of a start-up mixed practice that was sold in 2002. Kathy also co-founded a regional small animal emergency practice and two real estate LLCs owning veterinary hospital facilities.

In addition to her efforts with Simmons Intermountain, Kathy works closely with veterinarians and their bookkeepers through her Bookkeeping for Veterinarians, LLC services and her partnership with Paul Gustafson, CPA in VetSOAP, LLC, Veterinarians' Source Of Accounting and Planning. Her efforts in helping veterinarians evaluate and understand practice financial performance help practice owners reach their goals and expectations for their practice sales and help buyers acquire practices that meet their needs.

David_King_2012_smallDavid F. King, DVM CVA

As an owner of two veterinary hospitals and a working ranch, Dr. David King understands the success factors necessary to operate thriving businesses. He founded Crossroads Pet Hospital, Golden Opportunity Veterinary Rescue Organization, and Bar King Ranch. He also co-founded the North Texas Pet Emergency Clinic in Carrollton, Texas. Crossroads Pet Hospital won dual national awards, honored by Veterinary Economics with Hospital Design and Practice of Excellence Awards. A graduate of Texas A&M University, Dr. King earned his doctorate in veterinary medicine in 1987. He is a licensed veterinarian and real-estate broker in Texas.

In addition to veterinary association memberships, Dr. King is a charter member of the Association of Veterinary Practice Management Consultants & Advisors and serves as a Trustee for our Simmons & Associates Educational Trust Foundation. Dr. King is often requested to share his expertise in the field of practice sales by lecturing at veterinary conferences on both the national and state levels.

Simmons Canada

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4106 Aberarder Line Camlachie
Ontario, N0N1E0
P: 519-383-4438
F: 519-899-4286

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